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October 2000 - Is There a Black Statue of Liberty in Paris?

A rumor circulating on the Internet claims that the model of the Statue of Liberty was a black woman: "During my visit to France I saw the original Statue of Liberty…The statue in France is Black…The Statue of Liberty was originally a Black woman, but…it was because the model was Black." Discover Paris! has put its staff to work to shed light on the accuracy of this story. This month's newsletter gives their in-depth report.

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One of our most popular walking tours is called Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden.

Explore the Luxembourg Garden and learn about the histories of such luminaries as Richard Wright, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Séjour, and Henry O. Tanner. Learn about the myth of the black Statue of Liberty, and see the contemporary sculpture that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the French colonies. The tour, led by a knowledgeable and experienced local guide, involves about 2 hours of walking. Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden is a regularly-scheduled walking tour.

Click here to view the schedule: https://discoverparis.net/scheduled-walking-tours.

We look forward to helping make your trip to Paris memorable!

Paris Panorama Newsletters for 2000