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THE STATUE OF LIBERTY


On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship "Isere." The statue was shipped in 350 individual pieces. It was a gift from the French people to the United States in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. It is a symbol of Freedom, Democracy, and Enlightenment.

Brother Frederic A. Bartholdi (1834-1904) is the French sculptor and designer of the Statue of Liberty. There are multiple theories as to who the statue is modeled after, including claims that the face is modeled after Bartholdi's own mother and the rest of the body after the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas. Originally, the plan was to deliver the statue to America just in time for the 100th anniversary of the American revolution, but due to financial difficulties, the construction was delayed about 10 years. It is worth noting that Brother Bartholdi was not the only Freemason involved with the work. Brother Gustave Eiffel, the builder of the Eiffel Tower of Paris, designed and built the frame work, which holds the copper sheeting in place.

According to various credible Masonic references, it is said that Brother Bartholdi first presented his completed work to the members of his lodge, Allsace-Lorraine Lodge, in Paris on June 19, 1884, even before showing it to the United States committee. The original name he gave to his work was "Liberty Enlightening the world". A few weeks later, on July 4th, 1884 the finished statue was presented to the American Ambassador in Paris, Levi Morton. On August 5th, 1884, the then Grand Master of Masons of the State of New York, M.W. William A. Brodie, laid the cornerstone of the pedestal with full Masonic ceremony. The actual statue arrived in New York on June 17, 1885, and on October 28, 1886, it was officially dedicated in New York by President Grover Cleveland. The statue faces South East for ships entering the harbor to see her as a welcoming symbol.  

 

 

 

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