National Geographic : 1930 Apr
THE STATUE OF JOHN MC DONOGH IS DECORATED EACH YEAR BY GRATEFUL SCHOOL CHILDREN OF NEW ORLEANS McDonogh, who lived in New Orleans from i8oo to 1817, left a large part of his immense fortune to establish the free school system of the city. According to romantic tradition, he died a bachelor because reli gious differences separated him from the daughter of Almonaster y Roxas, who subsequently became Baroness de Pontalba. A REPLICA OF THE JACKSON STATUE IN WASHINGTON GRACES JACKSON SQUARE, NEW ORLEANS The hero of the Battle ofNew Orleans isone ofthemost revered fig ures in Louisiana history. Inthe background rises the Cathedral ofSt. Louis. Don Andres Almonaster yRoxas, who gave ittothe city (see page 481), died 134 years ago, yet every Saturday attwilight services are still held in his memoryathis grave inthe church.