Statue of Liberty unveiled by President Grover Cleveland

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Historical Context Note


On the 28th of October, 1886, President Grover Cleveland (18th March, 1837 - 24th June, 1908) led the dedication ceremony for the Statue of Liberty in New York Habour. The statue, standing at 93 m tall, was a gift from the people of France to America, and had to be shipped over in crates and then assembled in New York. Originally called 'Liberty Enlightening the World', the statue represents the Roman goddess of freedom and holds a tablet inscribed with the date on which American independence was declared, the 4th of July, 1776.

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