This gilded bronze statue is a copy of the sculpture made in 1899 in Paris by Emmanuel Fremiet (there are nine more replicas around the world), to honor Joan of Arc, the French heroine, a pioneer female warrior who had a significant role in the 100 Years’ War.
The statue was donated to the city in 1962 but erected only in 1972. It used to stand in International Trade Mart until in 1999 the property was bought, and it was moved to its current and far more proper location, near the French Market.
Another statue of Joan of Arc in New Orleans is located in the St. Louis Cathedral, as she was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.
An annual parade and festival are taking place in the city on Joan of Arc’s birthday, January 6th. The events are organized by the Krewe de Jeanne D’Arc. For more information on the parade click here.