Statue of Liberty Historical Archival Photographs

The iconic Statue of Liberty was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The copper statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.