Monument to the Immigrant - New Orleans, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 29° 57.219 W 090° 03.764
15R E 783486 N 3317279
Quick Description: The Monument to the Immigrant is erected in the Woldenberg Riverside Park in the upper French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 5/7/2020 7:24:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM12DWR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
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Long Description:
The “Monument to the Immigrant” was erected in March 1995 and stands along the Mississippi River in Woldenberg Park. The monument depicts an immigrant family on one side and the other side a stylized figure shaped like the front of a ship, reminding people that New Orleans is historically a port city and a city of immigrants. “Monument to the Immigrant” is a link to the past sitting on the river’s edge representing how the old and the new are interconnected in New Orleans.

The Italian American Marching Club in New Orleans commissioned Franco Alessandrini to sculpt the monument. Alessandrini, an Italian immigrant, came to the United States in the 1970s, making Louisiana his home. When the monument was dedicated, Judge Anthony J. Russo gave a stirring dedication speech, ending with, “LET US NOT FORGET OUR IMMIGRANTS,” (Italian American Society).

The site of the monument, the riverfront of New Orleans, was one of the first places where generations of immigrants first touched solid ground when they arrived. Alessandrini, who traveled to Carrara, Italy, to select the marble for the monument, used actual photos of immigrants arriving in the city to ensure that he depicted them with accuracy.

The inscription on the monument reads:
“MONUMENT TO THE IMMIGRANT DEDICATED TO THE COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN WHO LEFT THEIR HOMELAND SEEKING FREEDOM, OPPORTUNITY AND A BETTER LIFE IN A NEW COUNTRY MARCH 19, 1995 COMMISSIONED BY THE ITALIAN AMERICAN MARCHING CLUB SPONSORED BY PRIVATE CITIZENS, BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS.”

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Who placed it?: Italian American Marching Club in New Orleans

When was it placed?: March 19, 1995

Who is honored?: The courageous men and women who left their homeland seeking freedom, opportunity and a better life in a new country

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