The Statue of Liberty is an Egyptian Woman

Civil Rights Advocacy

photograph of the face of the Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty, aka “Lady Liberty” or “Liberty Enlightening the World.” Photo Courtesy of Microsoft Word.

In light of Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries, I thought you might be interested to know that Lady Liberty is actually an Egyptian (i.e., Muslim) woman.

Here are some highlights about Lady Liberty.

  • The Statue of Liberty was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (yes, that Eiffel) and Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi
  • It was originally intended to be erected in Port Said at the entrance to the Suez Canal, but the Egyptian government felt it was too expensive a project.
  • According to Edward Berenson, author of Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story, Bartholdi’s concept was that of a “gigantic female fellah, or Arab peasant.”
  • After Egypt had rejected the statue, Bartholdi’s statue of the female peasant morphed into “a colossal goddess.”
  • She was presented to the United States by France…

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