Jun 6, 2022
On Monday, May 30th, Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden met at the Peace Garden to dedicate the newest addition, a 6-foot replica of Lady Liberty. The statue was obtained through Don Barone at Superior Garden Decor and sponsored by Ken Barrett Chevrolet, Cadillac, Inc. of Batavia.
The original statue that stands in New York Harbor was a gift to the United States by the people of France in 1886, designed by French Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. She is one of the most recognizable figures in the world and is a single symbol of hope and spirit. Just as she stands tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, a replica of Lady Liberty will now greet visitors to the Batavia Peace Garden for current and future generations.
In 1986, The Statue of Liberty was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was described by UNESCO as “a masterpiece of the human spirit” that “endures as a highly potent symbol-inspiring contemplation, debate and protest-of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity.”
“The Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden believe this icon represents many of these same ideals and will be a welcoming reminder to visitors. Future plans for the Batavia Peace Garden include expansion and the addition of more symbols of hope and peace,” says Barb Toal President of the Batavia Peace Garden.
For updates visit bataviapeacegarden.com. Volunteers are always welcome and very much needed. Contact Paula Savage for details 585-343-2387.
Left to right -Paula Savage, President of the International Peace Garden, Donna Tiberio, Board Member Barb Toal, President of Batavia Peace Garden, Carol Grasso, Treasurer, Berneda Scoins, Secretary, Carolyn Epps, Vice President (Submitted photo)