Joan of Arc Memorial in Riverside Park Turns 100

One of the city's most iconic monuments hits a milestone.

The Joan of Arc Memorial turned 100 years old Thursday.

It was the first statue of a woman to ever be erected in a city park when it was put up in 1915.

Members of the Parks Association gathered at Riverside Park to mark the centennial.

"The symbol also of this very strong relationship that has ever existed between France and the United States," said Bertrand Lortholary, consulate general of France in New York.

"Where are the monuments to women in New York City? There are only five, of which Joan of Arc is one," said one person who attended the ceremony.

The statue pays tribute to Jeanne Le Pucelle, who later became known as Joan of Arc. She rose to fame helping liberating the French from English rule back in the 15th century.

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