Part of a series of 22 plaques surrounding Union Square depicting the history of the square from 1600 to 1882 - the year in which the first Labor Day Parade took place at Union Square, and labor movement events that were held in the United States (Union)
The plaques are made of bronze, designed by Gregg LeFevre and set up in 2002
The statue donated by French residents of New York commemorates Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who, at the age of 20 after enthusiasm for the American Revolutionary War, volunteered for the U.S. Army, served as a Divisional Commander, and also served in France for American interests. Considered a national hero in the United States and France.
On the board is the statue and in the background the statue of liberty sculpted by the same sculptor - Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi