Secrets of classic NYC: The Statue of Liberty

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  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

Photograph: Lauren Foy

The monument also known as Liberty Enlightening the World was dedicated on October 28, 1886, after decades of planning and fund-raising. It was agreed in 1875 that the French people would cover the costs of the massive copper statue, but the U.S. would be responsible for paying for the pedestal and securing a site for the tribute. The American Committee for the Statue of Liberty was formed to raise funds for the pedestal, but it soon ran out of money. Luckily, New York World publisher Joseph Pulitzer—yes, that Pulitzer—turned efforts around by printing the names of every person who contributed to the fund in his newspaper. Donations poured in, most of which totaled less than a dollar each. Today you can see an iron statue of Pulitzer at the walkway near the left entrance to the statue, one of five pieces commemorating individuals who helped bring Lady Liberty to our shores. Liberty Island (212-363-3200, nps.gov/stli)


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