“Mother of Orphans” Sculpture Renewed

Donors and volunteers who helped fund the plaque and restoration of Margaret Place in New Orleans. (Photo: Monumental Task Committee, Inc. / Facebook)

By Olivia O’Mahony, Editorial Assistant
October / November 2016

Since July 9, 1884, a sculpture of humanitarian Margaret Haughery, otherwise known as “The Mother of Orphans” (June / July 2016 issue), has stood on the corner of Camp and Prytania Streets in New Orleans. This September, it received some long-overdue restoration work and a dedication plaque from the Monumental Task Committee, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of New Orleans. The $53 thousand restoration, led by local conservation consultant Linda K. Stubbsand Ivan Myjer of Building and Monument Conservation, was funded through donations, grants, fundraisers, and a matching campaign by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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“It has been a wonderful experience working on the Margaret monument,” MTC founder Pierre McGraw said. “It has been over 100 years since she lived in New Orleans, but she is still bringing out the best in people.” ♦

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