The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Credit: Courtesy of Florentine Films

Revisit Ken Burns' history of the Statue of Liberty and what she represents to all Americans.

The Statue of Liberty airs Saturday, July 6 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV. For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring rare archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the fascinating story of this universally admired monument is told. This truly is two stories -- the story of the making of a remarkable work of art, the Statue of Liberty, but also the story of the idea of liberty.

Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument — from its conception to its fascinating and often controversial construction to its final dedication — and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, to explore the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.