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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