Have to See Monuments in New Orleans
New Orleans is a city rich in history and character. Walking through the city, representations of this abound. There are at least 145 monuments scattered throughout the city. The following are the five most notable monuments in New Orleans.
Robert E. Lee Monument
The Robert E. Lee Monument is a 76-foot monument with a 16-foot bronze statue of General Robert E. Lee. It was constructed in 1884, and in 1991 it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. General Robert E. Lee was the most prominent general for the South during the Civil War. This monument is probably the most well-known and largest New Orleans monument. (http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Louisiana/New_Orleans-793014/Off_the_Beaten_Path-New_Orleans-MomumentsStatues-BR-1.html)
Jefferson Davis Monument
In 1911, the Jefferson Davis Monument was erected by sculptor Edward Virginius Valentine. This monument is a life-sized bronze statue of Jefferson Davis sitting on top of a 10 foot granite base. Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederacy from 1861-1865 and a martyr to the Confederate cause. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/4549212145/)
Franklin Place Monument
In 1926, the monument of Benjamin Franklin was given to the city of New Orleans by Henry Wadsworth Gustine. It is a statue of Benjamin Franklin atop a small base with some of Franklin’s famous saying inscribed on it. Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America and contributed much during his lifetime. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/4562332268/)
Spanish American War Monument
The Spanish American War Monument was dedicated in 1939. It is a 14-foot granite base with an emblem relief of a kneeling woman before a soldier and sailor with an 8-foot bronze sculpture of a male military figure on top of it. This war gave the United States control over the Philippines and Cuba and is a very important part of our history. The Spanish American War Monument deserves to be included in the monuments of New Orleans.