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The Statue of Liberty was originally designed to depict an Egyptian peasant, meaning she was at one point a Muslim woman, according to the Washington Post.

"The first draft for what would become the nation's symbol of welcome to the 'huddled masses' was conceived by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi not for the Statue of Liberty but for an entirely different project: a lighthouse that would stand at the entrance to the Suez Canal," writes the Post's Yanan Wang.

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