Thursday, October 28, 2010


Today, in 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

And there is so much more to the story.  The statue was not raised in the harbor for quite awhile because no one would pay to build a base for the statue.  The necessary money was raised predominantly by poor immigrants who lived in New York City and throughout the country.  They contributed cents per paycheck.

And dear old Grover.  He declared that the festivities would be too rowdy for the sensibilities of women and that they were banned from the celebrations.
A group of Suffregists, however, ruined his stag party by rowing a boat all around the beautiful lady in the island.

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