Human Statues of Liberty are Huddled but Happy to Be Free


Playing the Statue of Liberty for eight hours a day, sweating underneath those robes in the glaring sun, makes for classic immigrant labor. It’s hot in there, it’s physical work, and sometimes, literally, they get pushed around, shoved off the pedestal by a mean-spirited joker or a strong wind.

But to each of them, the job has an elevated meaning. They’re independent entrepreneurs, after all. “Nobody tells us what to do,” said Sue, the first Miss Liberty.

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