On this day: The Cornerstone Was Laid For The Statue of Liberty

On August 5, 1884, the cornerstone was laid for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Bledloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island. While France was providing the statue, the US had to pay for its pedestal, though various levels of government were hesitant to get involved. Construction work was delayed and eventually completed two years later, after $100,000+ was raised in a fundraising campaign which targeted ordinary Americans, with most donations being less than a dollar.

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