Happy birthday, Lady Liberty, happy birthday to ya. The old girl of New York harbor is celebrated in the June 17 Google Doodle on what is the 130th anniversary of her arrival date in the Big Apple on June 17, 1885. According to the National Park Service, she arrived to "great fanfare" and was even greeted by then-President Grover Cleveland. Although, despite the "fanfare," the pedestal wasn't yet completed and the parts of the statue that were shipped over had to remain on Liberty Island, then Bedloe's Island, until the stage was completed and she could be displayed. The above picture shows the statue's head on display in Paris in 1878, having just been completed, in part by its designer Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Google describes the statue in their write-up on the doodle as "more than just a symbol of solidarity. It’s a reminder that all countries thrive on the exchange of ideas and culture. The National Park Service's dedication to maintaining and restoring the statue ensures that message will live on." In total, there were 350 pieces packed into over 200 cases sent from France of the statue.
Here are the photos of her arrival, construction and pride, that you need to see:
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