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Emma Lazarus Plaque, Battery Park

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Emma Lazarus Plaque, Battery Park


Basic Information

Location Battery Park, New York, NY, USA
Country United States
City New York
Address Battery Park, New York, NY, USA

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 40.70328,-74.01703


Emma Lazarus, a famous American-Jewish poet, wrote her 1883 sonnet ‘The New Colossus’, to celebrate America as the land of freedom and destination for the ‘huddled masses yearning to be free’– amongst them, her fellow Jews. In 1903, it was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty. She wrote the poem for a charity auction designed to raise money to build the pedestal of the Statue (the pedestal was built from public donations).


Later in 1955, a plaque was made of bronze and Israel limestone, and was cast and dedicated. It was donated by the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations, Inc. The plaque is set in a stone which was a gift of the State of Israel to the Sisterhood of Spanish and Portuguese Synagogues.

History and time period

Here is the text you can read on the plaque:

The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" —Emma Lazarus, 1883

Special discoveries

The plaque was presented by Ida Cook Farber, president of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations, to N.Y. Park Commissioner Robert Moses who accepted it in behalf of New York City.

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