'Little Sister' to Join Statue of Liberty in N.Y. Harbor

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June 22, 2021

Lady Liberty is getting a smaller sibling.

France has sent a smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty to the U.S. The two will face each other for July 4.

Statue of Liberty Little Sister

Petite Soeur ("Little Sister"), as it is known, is a one-sixteenth size replica of the famous steel and cooper statue that France sent as a gift to the U.S. in the late 19th Century. The replica is nearly 10 feet tall and weighs nearly 1,000 pounds. It was built in 2009 and has been in the garden of the National Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM) in Paris.

"Little Sister" will stand on Ellis Island and face its big sister, on Liberty Island, from July 1–5 and then will be moved to the residence of the French ambassador, in Washington, D.C. Unveiling of the statue's location there will be on July 14 (Bastille Day), and the statue will be there on loan for 10 years.

Packaged securely in a plexiglass container among a number of foam blocks, the statue left the port city of Le Havre on a ship on June 19. It will reach N.Y. on July 1.

The "little sister" is an exact replica of a plaster model created in 1878 and preserved by the museum.

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