The statue, a gift from France, represents the goddess of freedom, Libertas. Designed by Frederic Bartholdi, the figure dressed in a stola, wearing a crown with seven rays, which evokes the sun, the seven seas and the seven continents. Liberty holds a torch aloft to enlighten the New World. In her left hand she holds a table, in scripted: JULY IV MDCCLXXVI(JULY 4, 1776) The Independence Day
The French were to finance the Statue and the Americans to provide the Pedestal. Construction began in the early 1870s, then shipped in crates and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe’s Island aon October 28, 1886.