Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Emma Lazarus was born into a prominent fourth generation Jewish family, one of the oldest in New York City, on July 22, 1849. Her father recognized Emma’s talent for writing at an early age and encouraged her work. In 1866, when Emma was seventeen, he privately published her first book, Poems and Translations Written Between the Ages of Fourteen and Seventeen.
Emma Lazarus would not live long enough to experience the full impact of her poem. She died in 1887 and it was not until 1903 that a bronze plaque containing the words to her sonnet was mounted at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Emma Lazarus’ famous lines caught the nation’s imagination and continues to inspire the way people think about freedom and exile today.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.39′ N, 74° 2.784′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is located on Liberty Island, near the food concession area. 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. “Mother of Exiles” (here, “The New Colossus” (here, next to 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); Inside the Statue (a few steps from this marker); Symbolism (a few steps from this marker); Statue Facts (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. A portrait of Emma Lazarus appears at the top left of the marker. The bottom contains a photograph of a crowded street in New York City.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Women •
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 404 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on October 26, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.