If you have attempted a Google search today, you may have noticed one of the Os has been replaced with a brown Statue of Liberty balanced on a ship and wrapped in a bow. Today marks the 130th anniversary of the arrival of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
The Statue of Liberty was not U.S.-born. And she wasn’t delivered in her mighty, pieced-together form. She came to American shores on June 17, 1885, 130 years ago Wednesday, in 350 pieces. She shipped in 200 crates to the Big Apple after a long journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
As reported by the National Park Service, Lady Liberty was greeted by President Glover Cleveland and fans. Though it brought excitement, the pedestal was incomplete and shipped parts of the giant statue had to remain on Liberty Island, which was Bedloe Island at the time, until the stage was completed.
The Statue of Liberty was intended to be received as a gift from the French as a sign of goodwill between America and France and commemorate the American Revolution, according to CBS News. It took two years to complete the statue in France.
The designer, French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, called her Liberty Enlightening the World. According to CS Monitor, he modeled the statue after his mother.
Bartholdi said that he designed the statue in an effort to glorify the Republic and Liberty in America. He hoped that he would “find it again” in his country as well.
After serious construction, Lady Liberty finally stood tall and she was dedicated on October 28, 1886. That day, President Cleveland said that “We will not forget that liberty here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.” She was named a national monument in 1924.
Google spoke highly of the statue and her caretakers in a blurb about Wednesday’s doodle. They said that the statue is “more than just a symbol of solidarity” and that it serves as a reminder that the world “thrives on the exchange of ideas and cultures.” They added that the National Park Service’s dedication to its upkeep and restoration will aid in keeping that reminder alive.
Lady Liberty has sustained thousands of dollars in damages, including a massive explosion during WWI. But nothing can keep her down. Her elegance and symbolism will always remain in America’s heart.