Wow.. I didn’t know that
File under : things I wasn’t taught in school
Reblog the hell out of this everyone.
Not true. The statue on the left was unveiled in 2007 on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The statue in question is “Lady Liberty” by Theodore Bonev and, thus, has no connection to the 1886 statue “Liberty Enlightening the World (Statue of Liberty)” by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.
If you have interests in the development of the Statue of Liberty, here is a report from United States National Parks Service debunking the myth this photo proliferates.
And I quote:
"The statue’s design almost certainly evolved from an earlier concept Bartholdi proposed for a colossal monument in Egypt, for which the artist used his drawings of Egyptian women as models. Bartholdi’s preliminary design for the Statue of Liberty is consistent with contemporary depictions of Liberty, but differs markedly from sculptures representing freed American slaves and Civil War soldiers. Bartholdi changed a broken shackle and chain in the statue’s left hand to tablets inscribed "July IV, MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776) at Laboulaye’s request, to emphasize a broader vision of liberty for all mankind. There is no evidence that Bartholdi’s “original” design was perceived by white American supporters or the United States government as representing a black woman, or was changed on those grounds."
However, interpretation afterwards is probably what gave fuel to this argument and this picture. And I quote:
“The conventional interpretation of the statue as a monument to American immigrants is a twentieth-century phenomenon. In its early years (1871-1886), that view was only rarely and vaguely expressed, while references to the Civil War and abolition of slavery occur repeatedly from its first introduction to the United States in 1871 up to and including the dedication celebrations in 1886. Immigrants did not actually see the Statue of Liberty in large numbers until after its unveiling. In the early twentieth century, the statue became a popular symbol for nativists and white supremacists.”
In summary, neither of these statues have anything to do with each other than the fact that they’re both statues, they kind of look similar, and they’re both tied to the Unites States during post-Civil War and Reconstruction years, one from the time period and one as a commemoration.