The first Statue of Liberty given to the the US by France was a black woman that the US turned down so the French made another which is the current in NY Harbor. This is Black Lady Liberty, also made by the French, on the Island of St Martin.
The Statue of Liberty was Built in Bartholdi's Paris Workshop. Workers bent the copper sheets into the famous statue. Bartholdi's workshop in Paris was a bizarre sight, as workers formed the parts that would become the Statue of Liberty.