NOLA celebrates women’s excellence with these incredible public monuments
With its renowned architecture known globally, you’re always a pebble toss away from some incredible art, monuments, or architecture in New Orleans.
Walking around the city is like having the best history lesson ever. With no better way to celebrate said history than honoring the influential women who’ve changed it forever.
There have been many women in New Orleans who’ve been recognized for their talents in the arts, politics, education, and more. Combined with their generosity and courage, the historical impact women have had on the city is untouchable.
Here are 5 monuments placed throughout the city that honor incredible women:
1. Joan of Arc
Where: French Quarter
The Joan of Arc statue is otherwise known as Joanie On The Pony by locals. This statue was originally cast by French sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet in the late 1800s. France erected the statue in 1972 as a gift to NOLA, to not only honor St. Joan but the city’s French heritage too. Rearing back on her stead, Joan represents the strength, power, and perseverance of New Orleans.
2. Mahalia Jackson
Where: Louis Armstrong Park
Mahalia Jackson was an American gospel singer, widely considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. Born and raised in New Orleans, the Mahalia Jackson Theater materializes her lasting legacy in the City. Originally opened in 1973, it remains as NOLA’s central hub for all things performing arts.
3. Marie Laveau
Where: St. Louis Cemetery
Marie Laveau rests in power at NOLA’s St. Louis Cemetery. Three X’s marks the spot as visitors from over the years have vandalized her tomb, said to bring them good luck. Because of all of the damage done, it’s now only possible to view via a guided tour. Laveau is remembered for being a powerful voodoo practitioner that granted fortunes. Ultimately making her NOLA’s undisputed Queen of voodoo.
4. Margaret Haughery
Where: Clio St & Margaret Pl
Margaret Haughery was a philanthropist known as “the mother of the orphans”. Margaret Gaffney Haughery is a beloved historical figure in New Orleans, Louisiana. With many businesses under her sleeve in the 1880s, she’s most remembered for her bakery that helped her fund her activism. She would use her baked goods or money earned to feed orphans and the less fortunate in the City.
5. Sophie B Wright
Where: Magazine St.
Born in 1866, Sophie Wright was an American educator. She created several learning resources and provided everything from private to free education. Following her death, a park on Magazine Street was named in her honor. The statue in the park was sculpted by Enrique Alférez, and an adjacent street was renamed Sophie Wright Place.
Featured Image: Yair Haklai, via Wikipedia Commons