The project began in 1865 and was completed twenty-one years later on October 28th, 1886. The French had given the Statue of Liberty to the United States as a sign of friendship after they joined forces to fight the British in the American Revolution. It has now been 131 years since the statue was brought over to the United States, piece by piece via boat, and unveiled to a crowd of one million people. Today, the statue remains one of the most iconic statues in the world and continues to symbolize hope and freedom.
To celebrate the Statue of Liberty, we’re sharing five fun facts:
1) The crown has seven rays, which represent the seven continents and seven oceans of the world.
2) The statue is made of copper, but it looks green because of oxidation (a chemical reaction between copper and water).
3) The full name of the statue is not “The Statue of Liberty.” It is “Liberty Enlightening the World.”
4) In 1984, the original copper torch was replaced with a new one wrapped in 24K gold leaf.
5) The statue served as a lighthouse for sixteen years.