“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,”
— Emma Lazarus
The New Colossus, a poem by Emma Lazarus, of New York, is inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, where it has been on display since 1901. Written in 1883, it has become one of America’s best-known and respected poems, as it welcomed many ships of immigrants coming into the New York Harbor in the early 1900s.
Lazarus is remembered in history books and museum exhibits about Judaism in America. On January 3, 2012, The New York Times published an article that presents fascinating facts about her heritage.
Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a must for anyone touring New York. When we were there, we were overcome with the emotion of the moment, and we trust you will be too.
We thank reader Jacqui Bally for contributing the 1926 photo of the Statue of Liberty, taken by her great-grandfather as he traveled on a ship bound for New York.
This is the second stop on our New York Trail!