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“They were some of the early people to articulate the Jewish experience in dialogue with the challenges of freedom and religious liberty,” she said.

Featuring more than 83 original objects from 27 institutions and individuals, “Poet of Exiles” is the first full-fledged artifact exhibit at a major museum to robustly explore the life of Lazarus, including her work as an advocate for immigrants fleeing the Russian pogroms of the early 1880s and her pioneering support for a Jewish homeland.

Lazarus died in 1887 at age 38 from Hodgkin’s disease, never having known her poem would be united with the Statue of Liberty.