Story No. 14 FREEDOM


Story No. 14 Freedom

‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ (Statue of Liberty) was a gift of friendship from France to America (1886), as a
symbol of freedom and democracy. Her robed figure represents ‘Libertas’, Roman goddess of freedom, and the
seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world. She is moving

away from oppression and slavery, with a shoe size 879.

From 1886-1902 she functioned as a lighthouse, but due to the Black Tom Island explosion during WWI, no-one
has been able to visit the torch since. In 1944 the lights in the crown morsed V for ‘Victory in Europe’.
In the centennial of the French Revolution, a replica of the statue was given from America to Paris in 1889.
She is depicted in the ‘Welcome Freedom Tower – never forget’ graffiti in NYC.

Photo: “Freedom”, New York, USA, 2015.

Photographer and storyteller: Jeanet Lang Bolvig

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