The Statue of Liberty was dedicated this day, Oct. 28, 1886, by President Grover Cleveland. It was presented to the U.S. by France as a symbol of friendship. This 450,000-pound statue is supported by a steel structure build by Gustave Eiffel, who built the Eiffel Tower. The Statue of Liberty was designed by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, who wrote: “The statue was born for this place which inspired its conception. May God be pleased to bless my efforts and my work, and to crown it with success, the duration and the moral influence which it ought to have.”

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