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- Officials at France’s National Museum of Arts and Crafts sent a nine-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty to be on display in the U.S.
- It will reside in New York City alongside the original from July 1 to 5.
- The “little sister” model will then spend the next 10 years in front of the home of the French ambassador to the U.S.
This upcoming fourth of July, when the U.S. celebrates its official birthday, the country will receive a gift from one of its oldest allies.
France revealed on Wednesday that it will send the U.S. a second Statue of Liberty to be displayed on Ellis Island alongside the original from July 1 to July 5.
Nicknamed the original’s “little sister,” the nine-foot bronze replica was loaned to the U.S. by France’s National Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), who also helped load it into a transportation container on Monday that was set to depart to America.
France’s version was made in 2009 and has been on display at the CNAM gardens since 2011.
“The statue symbolizes freedom and the light around all the world,” said Olivier Faron, general administrator of the CNAM per CNN. “We want to send a very simple message: Our friendship with the United States is very important, particularly at this moment. We have to conserve and defend our friendship.”
The original Statue of Liberty was finished and sent over to the U.S. by French designers in 1885, 20 years following the abolishment of slavery in the U.S. The illegalization of slavery in the U.S. was a key catalyst in the statue’s creation, as its design was proposed following the end of the American Civil War.
Following the “little sister’s” stint in New York City, it will be sent to Washington, D.C. in a more permanent place in front of the French ambassador’s residence for the next decade.