In June 1885, the United States received the 305-foot-tall Statue of Liberty as a gift from France and a symbol of the two nations’ friendship. Now 136 years later, the US is receiving a second Lady Liberty from France, but this one comes in a much smaller package, as it will be less than 10 feet tall.
The Statue of Liberty’s little sister, a small replica based on the original cast of New York’s famous statue, is usually on display at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris but for the next 10 years, it will be in the US.
The replica is currently en route, and the package will arrive after nine days of sea travel from France to Baltimore, MD, and finally, to Ellis Island in New York. It will be displayed on Ellis Island for July 4 celebrations.
Following Independence Day, the statue will travel to Washington, DC, for Bastille Day on July 14. It will be on display in the French Embassy gardens for the next decade, according to the Associated Press.
The Statue of Liberty “is like our Eiffel Tower,” said US Embassy representative Liam Wasley at the send-off ceremony, calling it an icon that symbolizes not just liberty but “the richness of our relationship” with France.