A miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty arrived in New Jersey after a week-long trip from France on Wednesday morning and will be installed at Ellis Island for Independence Day.
The 10-foot, 1,000-pound statue has been on display at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris for 10 years, but was shipped to America as part of a joint effort by the French Embassy in the United States, the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers and the maritime company Groupe CMA CGM.
“The arrival of the new Lady Liberty will celebrate the most central value of the Franco-American partnership: freedom,” the French Embassy said this month.
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The statue was unloaded in New Jersey on Wednesday morning in a ceremony attended by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, French Ambassador Philippe Etienne, Chairman of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Kevin O’Toole, and CMA CGM and APL North America President Ed Aldridge.
“We are very, very proud to carry this statue,” Aldridge told Fox News. “This project not only represents great values - the great values of freedom, liberty and friendship – the project also showcases the group’s abilities to design and deliver complex end-to-end solutions by delivering this statue. unique, this precious piece of art here in the United States ”
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It will now be on display at Ellis Island, the site through which 12 million immigrants passed from 1892 to 1954, until the 4th of July celebrations. Ellis Island is three-quarters of a mile from Liberty Island, where the original Statue of Liberty was displayed 135 years ago.
From there, it will make its debut in the garden of the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC on July 14, Bastille Day in France and celebrates the French Revolution.