There’s a Plaque on the Statue of Liberty…
For decades the Statue of Liberty has been a beacon of hope for all who have crossed the Atlantic in search of a new life, a chance to start over and the American Dream.
In 1883 a poem was written by Emma Lazarus and given to an art auction to help raise funds to build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. The poem was all but forgotten at the opening of the statue. However, in 1903, a friend of Lazarus set out to have the poem memorialized. She succeeded and the poem was written on a plaque and placed on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
That poem is called the New Colossus and reads:
Not like brazen Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch,
Whose flame is the Imprisoned lightning,
And her name the Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome;
Her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
‘Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!’ cries she with silent lips.
‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’
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