Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“In all ages, the achievements of man and his aspirations have been represented by symbols” noted an official at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor more than 100 years ago. Although unaware at the time of the importance of his words, the speaker proved prophetic.
Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi’s monument took the form of a colossal statue of a woman dressed in classical Roman clothing, symbolizing the Roman goddess of Liberty. She wears a crown of seven rays representing a nimbus or halo. In her left hand she carries a tablet bearing the date July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals to commemorate America’s birth as an independent nation. The torch in her right hand represents liberty enlightening the world. Beneath her feet are severed shackles and chains representing the universal symbol of freedom and the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.393′ N, 74° 2.789′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inside the Statue (here, next to this marker); Statue Facts (here, next to this marker); “Mother of Exiles” (a few steps from this marker); Emma Lazarus (a few steps from this marker); “The New Colossus” (a few steps from this marker); Bartholdi (a few steps from this marker); The New Colossus (a few steps from this marker); New York Sculptures (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. Two views of the Statue of Liberty, one being from above the crown, appear on the marker.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.