Iconic beginnings

How Lady Liberty made her way to Ellis Island

Ramin Talaie/The New York Times

To Americans today, it seems as if the country has always had the Statue of Liberty standing with its majestic presence on the shoreline of New York. But it had to get there at one point. Lady Liberty arrived in the big apple exactly 100 years from Tuesday, June 17, 1885, in a ship sailing from France. In order to fit the Goddess of Liberty aboard the ship, they stored it in 214 humongous crates. After arriving in New York, it took a year to put the statue together. Before making its permanent home on Ellis Island, the hand and torch were displayed in both Philadelphia and Paris.

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