|Events in Statue History
Through the end of the 1800s and the 1900s, the statue welcomed immigrants entering the United States by way of New York Harbor. In 1903, Emma Lazarus' poem, "The New Colossus," with its famous lines, "Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," was added to the pedestal on a plaque.
1924, the statue became a national monument. Bedloe's Island, home to Fort Wood and the statue, was renamed Liberty Island in 1956. That same year Ellis Island was included with Liberty Island to make up the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
As the Lady Liberty's 100th birthday neared, the country began working to restore the monument.
in 1982, $87 million was raised for the restoration. When statue's
restoration began in 1984, the United Nations named it a World
Heritage Site. The statue was re-opened on July 5, 1986, for
her centennial celebration.
have not been able to enter the Statue of Liberty since September
11, 2001, but the island remains open. A fundraising drive
underway to make the necessary security and safety upgrades
to re-open the statue itself.
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