The Original Statue of Liberty presented to the U.S. was a Statue of a…”Black Woman”.

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Did you know the Original Statue of Liberty presented to the U.S. was a Statue of a…”Black Woman”. There is a lot of history that didn’t make it into the history books for our schools. READ, get you a book and educate yourself.

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It is hard to believe that after my many years of schooling secondary and post) the following facts about the Statue of Liberty was never taught. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people including myself have visited the Statue of Liberty over the years but yet I’m unable to find one person who knows the true history behind the Statue- amazing. Yes,amazing that so much important Black history (such as this) is hidden from us (Black and White). What makes this even worse is the fact that the current twist on history perpetuates and promotes white supremacy at the expense of Black Pride.

UPDATE: Since this article was published it came to light that it as in all likelihood not true (please update us if you have any info that says otherwise)…. HOWEVER, there is more to this story. The original design for the statue WAS of a Southern Egyptian peasant woman, possibly a black muslim woman… Learn more and see images here.

During my visit to France I saw the original Statue of Liberty. However there was a difference, the statue in France is Black. The Statue of Liberty was originally a Black woman, but, as memory serves, it was because the model was Black.

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In a book called “The Journey of The Songhai People“, according to Dr. Jim Haskins, a member of the National Education Advisory Committee of the Liberty-Ellis Island Committee,professor of English at the University of Florida, and prolific Black author, points out that what stimulated the original idea for that 151 foot statue in the harbor.

He says that what stimulated the idea for the creation of the statue initially was the part that Black soldiers played in the ending of Black African Bondage in the United States. It was created in the mind of the French historian Edourd de Laboulaye, chairman of the French Anti-Slavery Society, who, together with sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi,proposed to the French government that the people of France present to the people of the United States through the American Abolitionist Society, the gift of a Statue of Liberty in recognition of the fact that Black soldiers won the Civil War in the United States.

It was widely known then that it was Black soldiers who played the pivotal role in winning the war, and this gift would be a tribute to their prowess. Suzanne Nakasian, director of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Foundations’ National Ethnic Campaign said that the Black Americans’ direct connection to Lady Liberty is unknown to the majority of Americans,BLACK or WHITE.

When the statue was presented to the U.S. Minister to France in 1884, it is said that he remonstrated that the dominant view of the broken hackles would be offensive to a U.S. South, because since the statue was a reminder of Blacks winning their freedom. It was a reminder to a beaten South of the ones who caused their defeat, their despised former captives.

Documents of Proof:

1.) You may go and see the original model of the Statue of Liberty, with the broken chains at her feet and in her left hand. Go to the Museum of the City of NY, Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street write to Peter Simmons and he can send you some documentation.

2.) Check with the N.Y. Times magazine, part II_May 18, 1986. Read the article by Laboulaye.

3.) The dark original face of the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the N.Y. Post, June 17, 1986, also the Post stated the reason for the broken chains at her feet.

4.) Finally, you may check with the French Mission or the French Embassy at the U.N. or in Washington, D.C. and ask for some original French material on the Statue of Liberty, including the Bartholdi original model.
— with Edwin Cobb, Gemini Hodge and Deverick Murray.

PUBLIC NOTE: The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of the Urban Intellectuals, affiliates or partners.

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31 COMMENTS

      • What’s your truth, I’d like to know the true facts of full American history? Where does the origin lie? Were there never African people who were here, who came to America? If so why did they not play a role in American history from our history books?

        Why don’t Africans show apart around the country where they originally were born? Where Pyramids existed, not even around the building of the Whitehouse? Why are black people hated so much that they are ejected from the very thought of existence?

        Yet when you see the news or television the faces are spued across the television in negative description to portray this as majority of the entire race of people? Are there not other positive ways to view people? and even if this info wasn’t “quite true”…When does the African history in America finally get depicted in a positive light… to shine just as brightly as the torch the Statue of “Liberty” holds true?

        Why wasn’t a black woman put where the Statue stands instead, for the American World to see? That shows… Yes even Black People were actually here in America? Are those not true facts? Isn’t it true that Africans or Black faces of every shade, were apart of the liberty that all men who fought for freedom and liberty to be here in this country as one freely?

        The original cause for the statue and its own history, only the original creator really knows to be true. So why argue about what we all do not truly know.

        Haven’t we been doing that for years? A proven lie to show we know nothing about the facts of our history as humans not even from the very beginning of time. We know nothing… We do our own analysis and say “oh it has to be true.” Then go around telling this lie to others, by saying…
        “Now this is our history and if it’s tried and true to me it has to be true for everyone”, and that’s how we got here. “Our” history.

        Truly we’re all the same as far as being human… with different skin colors, temperments, and different family backgrounds on how we were raised… that’s the only basic ways we’re different…

        Shouldn’t we be focused more on living as one with no barriers or shackles around anyones feet as if we were prisoners who had done heinous crimes. The only crime for Africans were the beautiful African traits and features so many despise up to this very day, which we can’t even move pass to commemorate a statue in our honour as true Americans.

        What we don’t realize is that we all came from different countries and “founded” (as in took our place to settle here on this very land to live life and adapt to it surroundings, to survive peacefully this land so to speak, but mainly to strive to survive, to eat, work to gather food, find or build shelter to relax and rest and to do it on a manner where we can all be comfortable in many ways for our own happiness). That’s why we are all really here.

        The conquest stole “America” (a piece of land diverged from the continental plate of a whole portion of the earth called “Pangae” being moved and drifted apart from the earth’s crust, but where did the history of that fact go?

        What about other American history? The original founders happen to be native Asian settlers traveling across oceans to get here (on this continent broken away from the original part of one huge super continent, which at one point was also united in one human race just like the super continent was whole). So if we want to face real facts of a history…we all existed together as one race, as apart of this earth. Hate and jealously separated us. Class, color, hair and eye color play apart in the ignorance of human exisence today…among other “ridiculousness.”

        So really who cares about separate “American” history. It’s about human history. That’s what should matter today. The human race. Who cares where we came from? We came from the earth, each and everyone of us. We were originally created from the image of God. To exist together as one. On this beautiful green earth with colors of faces representing the love he possessed for us. ge even gave to us, a son from his ownself, to be sacrificed for our own bigotry and ignorance… our flaws and imperfections which show true currently… today in 2018. Nothing has changed not our knowledge, faith, existence or love and appreciation for each other to live together as one race to strive on this planet. Move pass difference and live life. After all anything else beyond that doesn’t even matter.

        *Stop worrying about what the man at the corner market did yesterday and what he did it for and Why. Assinine comments…smh

  1. this is why they were able to sale the Brooklyn Bridge so many times. you fools & your money are easy to part ways.

    • We still are. We just need to be taught who we really are by educators who love who we really are and not leave our education up to the oppressor

  2. Read the history, this story is false. The sculptor built the original on the left for the Suez Canal and the one on the right for the US. The one on the left was originally designed after an Egyptian peasant woman, and to represent something Egyptian to the world with the completion of the canal. Don’t take my word, I researched and checked it out.

    • The author is not claiming the statue on the left is the one presented to the US. The author is saying the original statue presented to the US looked like the statue on the left and the US changed the look to fit with White Supremacist views. If you’ve every visited the statue you can actually see at the feet where the chains were.

  3. White people are so evil and wicked alwasys white washing people, places and things to make themselves look accomplish. If we didn’t know any better the lies and cover up of Yahusha (Jesus) we would think he was a white man also. Thank god we are waking up and seeing these lies they have told us and put in our history book. We are a bless people and the truth is coming to the light. Do your own research. So sad. They will get theirs as the Most High promise. You can take that to the bank.

  4. Why was the statue of libery was first a black woman. And how did it change to the shape and color it is today.

  5. I have never been to it, but I think it’s ugly and it was too ugly for France and Egypt from what I understand. We were like the 2nd or 3rd choice. It was not originally intended for the USA. That’s what I believe.

    • You are correct. It was not meant for the United States, it was a repeat of something that had already been done before.

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