Monument To The Immigrant
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A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.

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Jeanne Friedlander
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Inspiring! Standing along the Mississippi River, the Monument to the Immigrant was built on the riverfront where immigrants first arrived in New Orleans. The Monument was made from white marble by an Italian immigrant, Franco Alessandrini. It was commissioned as a reminder of the many immigrants that came to call the city of New Orleans home. Its dedication is inscribed "to the courageous men and women who left their homeland seeking freedom, opportunity, and a better life in a new country."Featured on 3WishesTravelBlog.com
Written January 19, 2022
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK12,708 contributions
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Oct 2022
Erected in 1995 and appropriately sculpted by an immigrant, the beautiful white marble statue 'Monument to the Immigrant', links the port city of New Orleans with its past. It is appropriately situated on the riverfront which, probably, would have been the first piece iof solid earth on which the immigrants would have stood on their arrival. This sculpture of two distinct sides, one side looking like the prow of an old sailing ship and the other being a family of iommigrants, is ell worth stopping to have a look at you are walking along the riverfront.
Written November 25, 2022
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Guitarjess
Ankeny, IA697 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Family
I love historical monuments that highlight the best in our country & I consider our history of immigration and tolerance to be among our best history. Unfortunately the current political climate has made immigrants unpopular and the city has put up ugly fencing around this beautiful statue to protect it. I hope that one day we return to a place where everyone is welcome and we don't have to protect this monument!
Written July 17, 2018
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
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Jun 2017 • Couples
While walking between our hotel, the Hilton Riverside, and the French Quarter, we cut over toward the River, to walk through Woldenberg Park. Though we both grew up in, or near New Orleans, the Monument to the Immigrants was new to both of us. We did not know when it was erected, but found the date: 1995. Since we left New Orleans in 1981, that explains why we were unfamiliar with this statue.

It is a lovely statue (by artist and sculptor, Franco Alessandrini), and stands to commemorate the immigrants, who shaped history, and especially the history of New Orleans. While it was commissioned and erected by the Italian American Society, and is dedicated primarily to the immigrants of Italian ancestry, I felt that it conveys a broader message for immigrants of all lineages.

Beautiful to behold, and a tribute worth experiencing.
Written June 26, 2017
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Eddie S
Charlottesville, VA103 contributions
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Nov 2018
Located by the Steamboat Natchez on the waterfront, this statute commemorates some of the cultures that contributed to the development of New Orleans. There's a thematically similar monument in Crescent Park honoring the Latinx workers who rebuilt New Orleans after Katrina.
Written July 3, 2019
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RoanP
Christmas, FL278 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Solo
I have seen this statue a couple of times. But on New Year's Eve I stood by her waiting for the fireworks to start over the river. A thick bank of fog had descended, as it is often to do. Seeing her alabaster skin radiating through the darkness and fog of the night gave me pause and reason to reflect upon the statement she intends us all to hear. Give yourself a moment to understand what she's saying and I promise you may never see her the same.
Written January 10, 2019
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DarkRoads
San Francisco, CA349 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Couples
This is nice monument sitting in the middle of Riverfront Park facing the ocean and a nice stop if you’re enjoying the park. I'm glad to see a monument dedicated to the immigrants who gave up everything in the hope of a better life here, and a reminder of the diverse background of the city.
Written May 7, 2016
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hashemsherif
Tinton Falls, NJ56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
This is part of the walk on the riverfront, if the weather is nice. Interesting monument but nothing spectacular
Written March 5, 2019
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Daveshent
Leek, UK922 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Solo
Not being a particular art or sculpture lover I was stopped dead by this monument, its graceful, out reaching and thought provoking, a great tribute to those it represents, well worth taking 5 minutes while in the general great area.
Written October 15, 2018
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
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Mar 2018 • Couples
This beautiful, stark-white Carrara marble statue is in the center of the walkway in the Woldenberg Riverfront Park. The large size, the brightness, the location and its uniqueness will make it very hard to miss.

The two-sided sculpture was created by local artist Franco Allesandrini to commemorate New Orleans as an immigration hub—especially to the family-oriented Italians -- and to celebrate USA as a “Nation of Immigrants” One side of the sculpture is Lady Liberty, posed as a header of a ship, and pointing towards the mighty Mississippi River ready to welcome everyone to its shores. The other side is an immigrant family staring at the French Quarter where most immigrants lived after arriving here.

The large installation, dedicated in 1995, was meant to welcome those from other countries, and at the same time recognize the contributions of the existing immigrant population who have helped to build this country. It is very appropriate here since New Orleans is one of the major ports of arrival for immigrants.

There is also another plaque nearby that mentions a Croatian couple – Drago and Klara Cvitanovich – who arrived here in the 1960’s, worked tirelessly for years, and finally fulfilled their dream of opening their own Seafood Restaurant called Drago’s ( in close proximity to the Hilton).

Do not simply walk by this beautiful sculpture. Take the time to read the plaques.
Written March 28, 2018
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