WaPo: The Statue of Liberty was created to celebrate freed slaves, not immigrants, its new museum recounts. “Lady Liberty was originally designed to celebrate the end of slavery, not the arrival of immigrants. Ellis Island, the inspection station through which millions of immigrants passed, didn’t open until six years after the statue was unveiled in 1886. The plaque with the famous Emma Lazarus poem — ‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ — wasn’t added until 1903.”