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In 1883, The Statue of Liberty was completed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It was ready to ship to America, but a site and pedestal for the statue had still not been accounted for. It was up to the people of America to secure a home for this colossal gift. Fundraising efforts were failing and the campaign to bring Lady Liberty to New York seemed to be at its darkest hour. Just then Joseph Pulitzer, owner and editor of the “New York World” newspaper, introduced to all of his readers the new “Pedestal Fund.” He announced that any individual who made a financial contribution of any amount would have their name printed in his newspaper. It caught on. Pennies, nickels, dimes, and dollars began to roll in. By October 28, 1886, the veil was lifted on Lady Liberty as she stood proudly on her new pedestal made possible by the seemingly insignificant donations of the people.

In keeping with this spirit, The City Reliquary turns to you. Please consider making a donation HERE to support our work. We remind you, as Joseph Pulitzer did, that NO DONATION IS INSIGNIFICANT.