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When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green?

Although the process of weathering that turned the copper covering of the 1886 Statue of Liberty from brown to its current green was gradual, color images indicated that the transformation was complete by 1920. The early hue has lent credence to the belief that the Statue was modeled on an African-American woman, although the sculptor Bartholdi was said to have indicated that it was based on the features of his mother.

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