Wednesday, June 17, 2015
One hundred and thirty years ago today, the Statue of Liberty arrived in pieces at New York Harbor. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's masterwork, situated as it is at the gateway to New York city, has served as the welcome to millions of immigrants who've made their way to our shores.
I've been to NYC, and to Liberty Island and the nearby former immigration processing center, Ellis Island. My Italian ancestors passed through Ellis Island in 1913. My grandmother was then five years old. Coming to America in some ways overwhelmed her in such a way that she never fully recovered.