1. Lady Liberty’s maker didn’t intend for her to be America’s symbol of immigration.
The sculptor Fredric-Auguste Bartholdi did not have immigration in mind when sculpting the Statue of Liberty. In fact, its official name was “Liberty Enlightening the World”, demonstrating more accurately the originally-intended-meaning of the statue. Building on the abolition of slavery, the 1886 statue meant to display America’s ideals of enlightenment, itsDeclaration of Independence, and the Emancipation Proclamation. It was not until the inscription of Emma Lazarus’ poem, “The New Colossus”, that the Statue of Liberty would come to symbolize the \welcoming of immigrants to the United States.
2. The Statue of Liberty has been adapted for many purposes – some of them commercial.