Sophie B. Wright Statue
Sophie B. Wright (1886-1919) is one of many outstanding educators that
greatly influenced the New Orleans area. Beginning at age 14, when she
founded the Home Institute, a well regarded private school, Sophie Wright also
started the first free night school for working boys who otherwise would have
gone without any formal education.
This statue of Sophie B. Wright, designed by artist Enrique Alferez, was
installed in 1988 and is located in Sophie Wright Park on Magazine Street at the
corner of Sophie B. Wright Place.
There is also a junior high school named for Sophie Wright and, although now
coed, it was the first public girls school in the city, as well as the first
public building in New Orleans named for a woman.
Information Source: Gehman, Mary and Ries, Nancy. Women and New Orleans A History. New Orleans, LA: Margaret Media,
--Content prepared by Todd McKinnon.
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