There’s been a misnomer and false information floating around online for the last few years now regarding The “Lady Liberty” statue in St. Martin (Caribbean), and Statue of Liberty located in “Liberty Island” in the middle of New Jersey/New York harbor, even with a photo circulating online displaying the two statues side by side, indicating the original statue to the left of the photo, and the copy and other statue to the right of the photo. However the photo to the left is not the original statue of liberty, and neither is the statue to the right of the photo. However there is one truth to the statue to the left of the photo, and that is that the original Statue of Liberty located in New Jersey/New York harbor, was originally modeled after a Black woman representing emancipation. But the statue many people, especially Black people confusing the Statue of Liberty with is a statue located in St. Martin (Caribbean) that also represents emancipation is a much younger and newer statue that was unveiled in 2007 by sculpture Theodore Bonev, and the Statue of Liberty was by designer/sculpture Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, and the statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
Note: The Statue of Liberty is more closer to New Jersey than New York and resides in New Jersey harbor. That’s why I made the distinction to keep putting New Jersey forward slash with New York, because the two states are so close together, once I found out about this fact of history.
The “Lady Liberty” statue at the Agrement roundabout was unveiled in 2007 in St. Martin (Island) to mark the 159th anniversary of the 1848 Emancipation from slavery sculpture by Theodore Bonev.
* “The cultivation of sugar cane introduced slavery onto the island, of St. Martin and hundreds of African men, women, and children were imported for this purpose. The French finally abolished slavery on July 12, 1848– a date now celebrated as Schoelcher Day. The Africans who were enslaved by the Dutch on the island were emancipated 15 years later.”
*Treaty of Concordia of 1648- between the French and Dutch enslavers and colonizers.
*You can read more information about the original statue of liberty history being a Black woman at the following links below.
http://www.allblackwoman.com/2012/06/17/the-original-statue-of-liberty-a-black-woman/ (Article from June 17, 2012)
http://wattree.blogspot.com/2008/11/statue-of-liberty-was-freed-slave.html (Article from November 27, 2008)
Black People And Their Place In World History, Dr. Leroy Vaughn (book)
http://electronicvillage.blogspot.ch/2011/03/ourstory-black-statue-of-liberty.html (Article from January 19, 2012)
http://youtu.be/VBXWvCDtOrQ (BlackAtlas.com during a trip and tour of the island St. Martin, shows a clip of the statue “Lady Liberty” in the video.)
http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/BlackAtlas.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=blackhistory (BlackAtlas.com is a travel site for African Americans)