Where does come from?
France gave the the actual Statue of Liberty to the US in 1886, where the now-greened copper monument was put on Liberty Island in New York Harbor off New York City. Styled after the Roman personification of liberty, Libertas, she holds up over her crowned head an ever-burning torch in her right hand and carries a tablet inscribed with July 4, 1776, or Independence Day, in her left.
From the late 1800s to the 1950s, the Statue of Liberty was a welcoming sight for the millions of immigrants who were processed on neighboring Ellis Island. This history has made the Statue of Liberty an icon for the US recognized worldwide and a symbol of freedom, democracy, justice, pluralism, and diversity.
And this history all comes to bear on the Statue of Liberty emoji, approved under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. The emoji also answers to Lady Liberty, a common nickname for the statue, and New York emoji.
Across platforms, the design of the Statue of Liberty emoji varies. Apple and Google shows her crown and torch while Twitter and Facebook zoom in her on her face.
Fun fact: This is the poem inscribed on her base by Emma Lazarus, who wrote the lines now synonymous with the statue:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore...
Who uses ?
The Statue of Liberty emoji is used by natives and residents of New York City as well as its many visitors—especially when they tour the actual monument.
— Marisol Sanchez (@marisholsanchez) May 9, 2018
David, I’m a proud New Yorker living abroad. You are doing a fantastic job. I see a great leader in you! Keep up!🇺🇸🗽
— Mike Amat (@AmatMike) May 7, 2018
As the above tweet suggests, the emoji is widely used for American patriotism, especially on July 4th.
Use of the emoji can sometimes be seen as liberal, emphasizing an open and diverse society.
— KeepOnBelieveInn (@YMBBastepaway) March 17, 2018
But, it can also be conservative, too.
— C Agarn (@c_Agarn) May 10, 2018
As you can see, many users pair the Statue of Liberty emoji with other America-charged emoji, like the eagle or flag for the United States emoji.
Cultural products and sports teams based in New York also inspire a lot of Statue of Liberty action, though too.
Whales of New York. 🗽 🐳
BBC News, Facebook, 2017
I literally can’t wait to get back to New York City 🗽🌆🤩
@LivvyGiddings, May, 2018
I have such a crush on Gary Sinise and I have no idea why. guess I'll just binge watch CSI:NY all night. 👮🏻🕵️🔍🌃🗽
@alynnb3, June, 2017