people of France sent the statue to the people of the United States and it arrived
in New York harbor on this day, split up into 200 packets.
gift was to commemorate the two nations alliance during the American Revolution.
It was designed by French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.
statue would be finally erected on October 28, 1886, in a ceremony presided over
by US President Grover Cleveland.
statue stands on a pedestal with a sonnet "The New Colossus," by Emma
Lazarus. It reads:
me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
lift my lamp beside the golden door."