The Statue of Liberty monument is the most iconic monument in New York City. It stood over a century as a symbol of freedom and liberty. The statue with the pedestal stands 93 meters high and weighs 125 tons. Many sources say that its architect, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, was inspired by his French law professor, politician, and anti-slavery activist Laboulaye. At the conclusion of the American Civil War in 1965, elated by the success of the Union, Laboulaye suggested an idea of presenting a monument representing liberty as a gift to the United States. As commonly cited in many articles, Bartholdi was inspired by this and commissioned the building of the Statue of Liberty. In this article, an alternate explanation to the origins for the inspiration of the Statue of Liberty is explored.
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