June 17, 2016
Minerva Teichert (1888-1976), Immigrants to New York City (Jewish Refugees), 1938, oil on canvas, 59 ¼ x 37 1/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1946.
On this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. During the decades that followed, many immigrants fled their homes in search of freedom and peace in the United States. Immigrants who traveled by ship into New York harbor were greeted by the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of that freedom and peace that these people so desperately wanted.
“Each one of us can increase our awareness of the world events that drive these families from their homes. We must take a stand against intolerance and advocate respect and understanding across cultures and traditions.” – Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy, April 2016 General Conference, “Refuge from the Storm.”