For 126 years, the Statue of Liberty has stood on Liberty Island in New York Bay, the entrance to New York City. The statue, 152 feet tall and resting upon a pedestal that is 150 feet tall, is in the form of a woman holding a torch in her uplifted hand.
Known as Lady Liberty, the statue was, for many years, the first glimpse hopeful immigrants seeking a new beginning in a land of opportunity had of America. The Statue of Liberty has become one of this nation’s best known national monuments, and it is an inspiration to many Americans who visit and admire it each year.
Commemorating the American Revolution and the French Revolution, the Statue of Liberty was designed by F.A. Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and presented to the people of the United States by France in 1884. As no other monument, the Statue of Liberty embodies the spirit of America, and it has become a powerful symbol of liberty to the rest of the world.