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Legend says first ‘Statue of Liberty’ was black woman honoring abolition of slavery

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Or what one legend says is true, claiming the first "Statue of Liberty" was modeled after a black woman and had African features. In addition, the point of the statue was not to honor immigrants but rather to commemorate the abolition of slavery in America, in particular the service of black Union soldiers in the Civil War. The statue carried broken chains to symbolize emancipation.

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