"Liberty Enlightening the World" was dedicated to much fanfare by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886 and was the first occasion of a ticker tape parade in New York City. More than one million people came out to celebrate the extraordinary gift from France to the United States to commemorate the centennial of our young nation. It wasn't until 1903 that the statue became an inspiration to immigrants coming to America. Emma Lazarus's famous poem, "The New Colossus" was inscribed on the pedestal welcoming "your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
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