The Statue of Liberty was built to commemorate the hundredth year of American Independence and to celebrate the friendship of our two great republics.When I researched the Statue of Liberty I learned many things I did not know about her. I did not know that her complete name is The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.
I had never heard about the Freemason’s involvement with her construction and the setting of her cornerstone. There was quite a lot of controversy concerning the Freemasons and the Statue of Liberty.
I was also unaware of the resentment of the Chinese people living in the United States, when they were asked to contribute to the fund for building the pedestal that the statue stands on. The Chinese Exclusion Act had been passed just three years before which denied the Chinese any civil rights and disallowed their participation in the political process. They were insulted that they should be asked to financially contribute to this symbol of liberty when their own liberty had been so constricted.
Did you know that Frederic Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty enlisted the aid of Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel to help with engineering the structural framework? Mr Eiffel would later become famous for the Eiffel Tower, the renowned landmark in Paris.
Our Lady Liberty has a much more colorful history than most of us learn about in school. Visit the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World to learn more about her history, her purpose, the controversies that surrounded her, and her significance to us as a nation. Whatever her past, today she is a treasured symbol of freedom not only to us but to oppressed people around the world.