On June 19, 1885, the Statue of Liberty was bestowed as a gift of friendship to the United States from the French people. Brought to the United States in segments, the Statue of Liberty stands in the New York Harbor on Ellis Island. To individuals in the United States, Lady Liberty symbolizes some basic tenets of what the country is supposed to stand for and reasons why the Statue of Liberty is important to America.

The End of Slavery

The Statue of Liberty first became important to America because it represented the emancipation of African slaves. The idea for the statue was inspired by French abolitionists in admiration of Abraham Lincoln.


The Statue of Liberty is important to America because it symbolizes the nation’s forefather’s fight for freedom and the belief that democracy prevails in the United States.


In 1892, the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island was a major port of entry for millions of European immigrants to the United States until the station closed in 1943.


Many of the immigrants who entered the New York Harbor were escaping tyranny, oppression and poverty. When they saw the Statue of Liberty, it represented hope and the possibility of a new beginning and a better life.

Post 9-11

After September 11, the Statue of Liberty became important to America as a symbol that citizens would not allow fear and terror to take over their lives.

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About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .