New Orleans, an Outdoor Museum

Dee Shedrick

New Orleans is a city adorned with art. We are constantly passing sculptures without knowing what they are or statues without knowing who they are honoring. We’ve all heard the saying, “curiosity killed the cat.” Well, sometimes these erections are too captivating to walk or drive by. Here are some of the sculptures and statues that I just had to stop and check out.

SAMSUNG#1 A.P. Tureaud

Located at the corner of A. P. Tureaud and St. Bernard Avenue is a statue of Alexander Pierre Tureaud, who was a prominent lawyer and activist during the civil rights movement.

SAMSUNG#2 The Bread Woman

Margaret Haughery cared for the poor and fed bread to the hungry after one of New Orleans’ yellow fever epidemics. Her statue is found at the intersection of Margaret Place and Calliope Street and was one of the first statues that paid tribute to a woman.

SAMSUNG#3 John McDonogh

John McDonogh was a philanthropist who gave money to have more than 30 public schools built bearing his name (for example, McDonogh #35). His statue is found in Lafayette Square Park. Back in the day, students who attended McDonogh public schools would gather on Founder’s Day to recognize him.

SAMSUNG#4 Molly Marine

You probably zoomed passed this statue a thousand times on Elks Place and Canal Street. I stumbled over it one day when I was “being a tourist in my home town.” Molly honors women who serve/served in the Marines. Go Molly!

SAMSUNG#5 Martin Luther King Jr.

Although this sculpture does not bear a marker, I remember when it was unveiled when I was little girl. This unique art work in Central City at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Oretha Castle Haley (formerly Dryades Street) is dedicated to the non-violent civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.

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