The Battle of Liberty Place monument was originally erected on Canal Street in 1891 in New Orleans.
The stone pillar brought attention to an armed insurrection that occurred in New Orleans on September 14, 1874, nearly ten years after the Civil War.
The inscriptions on the monument changed over the years, and some were quite controversial. However, the monument endured, first on Canal Street and later moved to Iberville, with contextualization and new engravings that refined the history of the incident.
As is the purpose of any monument, The Battle of Liberty Place obelisk called attention to a troubling event, a moment in which people died. Monuments promote the study of history to future generations so that lessons can be learned from the past.
The Battle of Liberty Place monument in 2006, after it was relocated to the south end of Iberville Street in New Orleans.
I myself would not know anything about this event in history, nor would I have ever even thought to research it, if the monument had not been there in the first place.
Newt Rayburn Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in 2006.
Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN.
A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt is perhaps best known as the leader of the Mississippi RocknRoll band THE COOTERS, but he also has the Country & Southern Rock group, HAWGWASH.
Newt is a Photographer, Writer, and Civil War Enthusiast.