Visited The Statue Of Liberty And Ellis Island

"Colossal statuary does not consist simply in making an enormous statue. It ought to produce an emotion in the breast of the spectator, not because of its volume, but because its size is in keeping with the idea it represents and with the place which it ought to occupy."
Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty

This morning, we took the subway to Battery Park where there is a ferry that runs from there to
Liberty Island and Ellis Island. The former is the site for the Statue of Liberty and the latter was the main gateway for many immigrants in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

We stopped first at Liberty Island where we could get a good look at the statue. I was very excited to see the her with my own eyes. As a symbol for one of our country's most valued ideals, Lady Liberty stands firm and as her sculptor implies, her size truly represents the idea of freedom. When we first saw her, we couldn't help but look at her in awe.

From the island, we could see the Financial District of Manhattan, including the Freedom Tower.

Because the statue is currently undergoing some renovations, the pedestal and observation deck weren't available. J and I walked around the path on Liberty Island, enjoying the views, before boarding the ship to go to Ellis Island.

On the main floor of the building, immigrants used to pile into this room and check their luggage. Logistically, it was a nightmare trying to keep track of all of this baggage.

On the second floor, the registry room is where immigrants would get initial inspections and this is where they would be checked on ship manifests.

This room had the two coolest exhibits. One was about the height of American immigration when Ellis Island was very active. People coming to America from countries all over the world faced racism and ridicule. These song sheets about Chinese immigrants are incredibly offensive.

The other great exhibit was about the procedures immigrants would experience when they were being processed through the facility. Through these halls, people seeking passage to this country went through a long series of inspections from medical to mental tests.

The top floor had a few smaller exhibits, including one about Alcatraz. There was another room with several models of Ellis Island at different periods of time. Before it became a huge station for immigrants, the island looked like this in 1854.

I really enjoyed this. The Statue of Liberty left me breathless and made us wonder if that's how people feel when they first see the
Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. Because of what they stand for, seeing this incredible statue and the building that greeted so many to our great country in its original setting is wondrous and incredibly awesome.
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