Trivia Minute June 17, 2015

109: Give Me Lady Liberty or Give Me Trivia

by Marcus Michelson
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor (Photo via Wikimedia)
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor (Photo via Wikimedia)

On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York harbor as a gift from France.

Here are a few facts you may not have known about the Statue of Liberty.

First: Parts of the statue were displayed in France before it was disassembled and sent to New York. The gift did not include the pedestal that the statue sits on, which was funded largely through small donations to a fundraising drive sponsored by the New York World newspaper.

Second: More than 200,000 people turned out to see the ship carrying the statue land in New York. Assembly on the statue didn’t begin until the pedestal was completed in April 1886.

Third: Only two women were present at the dedication ceremony for Lady Liberty, the wife of the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and the granddaughter of the French committee chairman Ferdinand de Lesseps.

Our question: The statue was originally copper-colored. What year was it completely covered in its now-familiar green patina?

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