Marie Laveau – St. Louis Cemetery No 1

“Marie Catherine Laveau (September 10, 1801– June 15, 1881)[1] was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo, who was renowned in New Orleans. Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, (1827 — c. 1862) also practiced rootwork, conjure, Native American and spiritualism as well as Louisiana or what is known today as New Orleans Voodoo. She and her mother had great influence over their multiracial following. “In 1874 as many as twelve thousand spectators, both black and white, swarmed to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to catch a glimpse of Marie Laveau II performing her legendary rites on St. John’s Eve (June 23–24).” *Marie Laveau II Died in 1860-62. The woman practicing using that name in the 1870’s was not a descendant but one of many women who used that name. Marie I (1801-1881) retired from the practice in the 1860’s due to health. She was bedridden the last several years of her life and taken care of by her younger daughter Marie Philomene (1836-1897) until her passing. There is much misinformation about this group of women.” – Marie Laveau

When I was in New Orleans back in October, I got the chance to tour St. Louis Cemetery #1. This cemetery has several famous celebrities. Even Nicholas Cage has a burial site here and part of the movie “Easy Rider” was filmed in the cemetery. The most famous person buried here of all is the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Laveau. There are a few places in the cemetery which is said to hold he remains but the one pictured below is the one said to most likely be where she is buried.

Marie Laveau

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