|The execution was
intended to display the new administration’s firm will to end slave trade.
Would a remote island site or NYC’s most famous prison better serve that
purpose? The question answers itself. What did Bedloe’s Island and Fort Wood
become later? Hint: You can see it real well from Staten Island ferry.
(Click.) Bedloe’s later became Liberty Island.
|The State of Liberty
image above was extracted from a larger image on the Library of Congress web