The first Statue of Liberty given to the the US by France was a black woman that the US turned down so the French made another which is the current in NY Harbor. This is Black Lady Liberty, also made by the French, on the Island of St Martin.
Old photos of the Statue of Liberty standing in Paris were extraordinarily surreal. This photo was taken in 1876 while the Hand and Torch were on display in Philadelphia during the Centennial Exposition!
Claim The original model for the Statue of Liberty was a black woman, but the design was changed to appease white Americans who would not accept an African-American Liberty. "the stone that the builder refused"