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The Margaret Haughery statue is one of many monuments erected in New Orleans, celebrating the success and impact of women in the city.
The Margaret Haughery statue is one of many monuments erected in New Orleans, celebrating the success and impact of women in the city.
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Seven monuments honoring influential women in New Orleans

These monuments, located all around The City, celebrate women's excellence.

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The Margaret Haughery statue is one of many monuments erected in New Orleans, celebrating the success and impact of women in the city.
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From its architectural classics, to renowned monuments, the City of New Orleans is a history book waiting to be read.

When considering what makes New Orleans such a great city, one may refer to the historical impact women have had on it. Many women in New Orleans have been recognized for the talents concerning education, willingness to give, and grit to perform courageous acts.

Here is a list of seven monuments placed throughout the city that honor incredible women.

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1. Joan of Arc

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Place de France, Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Located directly In front of the French Market is a Joan of Arc monument. Joan of Arc is a historical figure that led the French military in the 1400s. She is also considered a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

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2. Sophie B Wright

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Magazine St & Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130
Sophie B. Wright is considered a unmatched educator in New Orleans, creating several learning resources, ranging from private school to free education.

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3. Mahalia Jackson

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1419 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Named after a famous gospel singer born in New Orleans, the Mahalia Jackson Theater materializes her lasting legacy in the City. The theater, located at Louis Armstrong Park in Treme, is a hub for visual and performing arts.

4. Margaret Haughery

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Clio St & Margaret Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130
Known as the Bread Women, Margaret Haughery was a businesswoman and philanthropist in New Orleans. Haughery created businesses, most notably a bakery, to help fund her mission to help feed orphans and the less fortunate in the City.

5. St. Katherine Drexel

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Drexel Dr
New Orleans, LA 70125
Born into fortune, St. Katherine Drexel used her wealth to build schools for disenfranchised groups of people in New Orleans. Drexel is the founder of Xavier Preparatory school, located on Magazine Street, and Xavier University of Louisiana, located in the Gert Town subdistrict of New Orleans.

In honor of St. Katherine Drexel, Xavier University erected a chapel in her name in 2012.

6. Marie Laveau

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300 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
While its far from halloween, Marie Laveau is remembered for being a powerful voodoo practitioner that granted fortunes, and gave advice in New Orleans. Legend says that Laveau may still have powers beyond her grave.

7. Ruby Bridges

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3811 N Galvez St
New Orleans, LA 70117
Erected in 2014 to commemorate her 54th anniversary, the William Frantz Elementary school dedicated a statue to Ruby Bridges, a leader in public school desegregation in New Orleans. At the age of six, guarded by U.S. Marshall’s, Bridges became one of the first black students to attend an all-white school in the City.

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1. Joan of Arc

Place de France, Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Located directly In front of the French Market is a Joan of Arc monument. Joan of Arc is a historical figure that led the French military in the 1400s. She is also considered a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

A post shared by ReadyΩRock (@dmerwin) on

Place de France, Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

2. Sophie B Wright

Magazine St & Sophie Wright Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sophie B. Wright is considered a unmatched educator in New Orleans, creating several learning resources, ranging from private school to free education.

A post shared by Liz Douglass (@spidergyrl) on

Magazine St & Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Mahalia Jackson

1419 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Named after a famous gospel singer born in New Orleans, the Mahalia Jackson Theater materializes her lasting legacy in the City. The theater, located at Louis Armstrong Park in Treme, is a hub for visual and performing arts.
1419 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Margaret Haughery

Clio St & Margaret Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130
Known as the Bread Women, Margaret Haughery was a businesswoman and philanthropist in New Orleans. Haughery created businesses, most notably a bakery, to help fund her mission to help feed orphans and the less fortunate in the City.
Clio St & Margaret Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. St. Katherine Drexel

Drexel Dr, New Orleans, LA 70125
Born into fortune, St. Katherine Drexel used her wealth to build schools for disenfranchised groups of people in New Orleans. Drexel is the founder of Xavier Preparatory school, located on Magazine Street, and Xavier University of Louisiana, located in the Gert Town subdistrict of New Orleans.

In honor of St. Katherine Drexel, Xavier University erected a chapel in her name in 2012.

Drexel Dr
New Orleans, LA 70125

6. Marie Laveau

300 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
While its far from halloween, Marie Laveau is remembered for being a powerful voodoo practitioner that granted fortunes, and gave advice in New Orleans. Legend says that Laveau may still have powers beyond her grave.
300 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Ruby Bridges

3811 N Galvez St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Erected in 2014 to commemorate her 54th anniversary, the William Frantz Elementary school dedicated a statue to Ruby Bridges, a leader in public school desegregation in New Orleans. At the age of six, guarded by U.S. Marshall’s, Bridges became one of the first black students to attend an all-white school in the City.

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3811 N Galvez St
New Orleans, LA 70117