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New York isn't the only place with a Statue of Liberty. There's one in Seattle, too.by Jean-Sun Ahn
People

WATCH | The colossal Statue of Liberty resides on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor, but if you head to Alki Beach in the West Seattle neighborhood ofSeattle, Washington, you will find a small replica.

This Statue of Liberty is about six feet tall and was dedicated to the City of Seattle in 1952 by Seattle businessman and philanthropist Reginald Parsons and the Seattle Area Boy Scouts of America.

The statue was part of a national Boy Scouts campaign called "Strengthening The Arm Of Liberty," and there are 200 replicas of the Statue of Liberty placed throughout the U.S. 

Lady Liberty replicas can be found in states including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Texas and Wyoming, just to name a few. 

Seattle's mini Statue of Liberty was wrecked by vandals in 2005. Then, in 2008, a new statue was unveiled by then-Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Seattle City council member Tom Rasmussen. Donors included Starbucks, the Department of Neighborhoods and Windermere Real Estate. 

John Kelly, a West Seattle maritime historian who attended the unveiling of Seattle's original Statue of Liberty in 1952, said the statue represents a beacon of hope for people who arrive in the United States. "It has a kind of magic," Kelly stated. 

While there are no significant differences Kelly could recognize between the original replica and the new replica, he did mention that the 1952 replica had a square-shaped base. 

"The meaning of the statue of liberty is that here in this country is a place where you do have the freedom that you might not have in other countries,” said Clay Eals, the executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Eals believes the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are all embodied in the Statue of Liberty and all of its replicas throughout the country. 

The Statue of Liberty in New York epitomized the freedom of the U.S.A. and the celebrated its relationship with France.