Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Corps Restores Lady Liberty's Image

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Corps Restores Lady Liberty's Image

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When millions of weary exiles reached the portal of the New World after months at sea, a tall and dignified lady--The Statue of Liberty, greeted them. Still today, she is a living symbol of political freedom and democracy. The New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is helping to restore her image.

The district was asked by the National Park Service to repair the Liberty Island seawall, "in the shadow of the great statue," said Anthony Ciorra, Project Manager, USACE, New York District.

Liberty Island is the home of the national monument stands. The 12.7-acre island sits in the Upper Bay portion of New York Harbor and is 1-5/8 land miles off of the southern tip of Manhattan Island.

The island has a long history and has served different purposes--as defense fortification to protect New York Harbor in the 19th century, as a temporary quarantine station during the smallpox epidemic, as a refuge for Tory sympathizers during England's occupation, and also as a summer home by a private owner. …

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