The banner measured about 3 by 20 feet, according to a report by NBC New York, and was unfurled across the statue's pedestal just before 1 p.m. National Park Service rangers removed it after they determined that the banner, which was hung with nylon ropes, could be removed without damaging the structure.
A banner reading “Refugees Welcome” was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty today pic.twitter.com/mQJX0jcZZ6
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) February 21, 2017
Someone put a “Refugees Welcome” banner atop the Statue of Liberty pedestal this afternoon (photo obtained by NBC News) pic.twitter.com/pz7qpAjyYO
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 21, 2017
The United States Park Service is investigating who hung the banner and how they did so, per NBC's report.
According to a report by Fusion, activists hung the banner in response to President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“We’ve seen since the election in November a lot of people who’ve never been political before, feeling like they needed to do something,” one said, as quoted by Fusion. “And I think this is one thing that four people today did, but I think that we’re seeing that across the country in a lot of different ways.”