Photo by Mitch Waxman


Yesterday marked the 129th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886.


Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World (1886) by Edward Moran. Oil on canvas. The J. Clarence Davies Collection, Museum of the City of New York.


President Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication ceremony which began with a parade through Manhattan to the waterfront in lower Manhattan.


A photochrom postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company, circa 1897-1924. (Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale.)


Hundreds of thousands of people paraded from Madison Square down to Battery Park, taking a quick detour to parade past the New York Stock Exchange.


Photo by Mitch Waxman


Traders threw ticker tape from the windows – which began the now long-standing tradition of the New York ticker-tape parade.


Photo by Mitch Waxman


At The Battery, a nautical parade shuttled dignitaries across the harbor to Bedloe’s Island for the dedication. Liberty designer Bartholdi, chose the site because every vessel arriving in New York had to sail past it.


Photo by Mitch Waxman


Bedloe’s Island was officially renamed Liberty Island in 1956, a change advocated by Bartholdi generations earlier.

Happy Birthday Libertas!