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The New Colossus

 
 
The New Colossus Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 27, 2005
1. The New Colossus Marker
Inscription.  Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, your homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

This tablet, with her sonnet to the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty engraved upon it, is placed upon these walls in loving memory of Emma Lazarus. Born in New York City, July 22nd, 1849. Died November 19th, 1887.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkWomen.
 
Location. 40° 41.357′ N, 74° 2.678′ W. Marker is in New York, New York,
The New Colossus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Volker Schmidt, May 2010
2. The New Colossus Marker
This bronze plaque was presented by philanthropist Georgiana Schuyler in 1903, twenty years after Emma Lazarus wrote her sonnet. Originally displayed on the interior wall of the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal , it was placed in this exhibit in July, 1986. (the exhibit inside the pedestal)
in New York County. The marker is located within the building beneath the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty Pedestal (here, next to this marker); Copper for the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Edouard Rene De Laboulaye (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Pulitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Emma Lazarus (within shouting distance of this marker); Building the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding The New Colossus. In 2005, visitors were permitted into the pedestal of the statue, but restricted from entering the statue itself.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Emma Lazarus. (Submitted on December 2, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
Emma Lazarus image. Click for full size.
By William Kurtz, c.1880
3. Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus wrote "The New Colossus" as a donation to help raise funds for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. Photo credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, William Kurtz Collection, Reproduction number LC-USZ62-53145.
Statue of Liberty image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 27, 2005
4. Statue of Liberty
View of the statue from the Liberty Island Ferry.
Statue of Liberty image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 27, 2005
5. Statue of Liberty
Closer view of the statue from the island.
Statue Interior image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 27, 2005
6. Statue Interior
Looking up into the interior of the statue from the pedestal, the highest point permitted to visitors in the time of the photo. The copper form can be seen through the framed structure.
Statue Interior image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 26, 2005
7. Statue Interior
The spiral stairs that climb the interior of the statue.
International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark - 1966 image. Click for full size.
By Grace Corpuz, November 15, 2009
8. International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark - 1966
American Society of Civil Engineers and Société des Ingéniteurs et Scientifiques de France
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"Praise to Monsieur Eiffel with grateful thanks from the Statue of Liberty who owes him her skeleton of iron," Bartholdi.
American Society for Metals Historical Landmark - 1986 image. Click for full size.
By Grace Corpuz, November 15, 2009
9. American Society for Metals Historical Landmark - 1986
"This symbol of freedom represents an exceptional engineering and metallurgical innovation in its use of copper and steel in the original design and construction in 1886 and in the restoration in 1986."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,715 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on April 30, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on December 2, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 30, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 2, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   8, 9. submitted on February 14, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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