Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Statue of Liberty conveys its message of freedom through a number of dramatic symbols. The broken shackles at her feet signify escape from tyranny. In her left arm, she holds a tablet of law inscribed in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. Her crown’s seven rays suggest the seven seas and seven continents. Most significant of all, however, her torch and flame symbolize truth and justice enlightening the world. Perhaps no poem brings these symbols to life more than “The New Colossus,” a sonnet written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 as an attempt to raise funds for the pedestal’s completion.
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The New Colossus
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 breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.318′ N, 74° 2.647′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Statue on Liberty Island. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty Pedestal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line in New York); The New Colossus (about 300 feet away in New York); Copper for the Statue of Liberty (about 400 feet away); Fort Wood (about 400 feet away); The Pedestal (about 400 feet away); Why is the Statue Green? (about 400 feet away); Edouard Rene De Laboulaye (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an image of the Statue of Liberty’s torch. Also on the marker are pictures of Liberty’s Broken Chains, Liberty’s Tablet and Liberty’s Crown. A portrait of Emma Lazarus (1849 – 1887) appears next to the sidebar.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 407 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week June 17, 2018. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.