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GoNOLA Instagram Pick of the Week: Marie Laveau’s Tomb

Leaving offerings for the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau, at her tomb in the St. Louis Cemetery #1 is a popular tradition.

New Orleans is a place where magic fills the air. Tradition is important here, and stories and legends passed down through generations still hold weight and significance in the hearts and minds of those that grew up here. Upon entering the city limits, visitors can detect the passion for history that everyone in New Orleans has, which is part of the reason ghost and haunted tours are so popular. In an age of Photoshop and skepticism, mystery lives on in New Orleans.

One of our many famous mysterious legends surrounds the “Voodoo Queen” Marie Laveau. So much is said about her, and not much known for sure. Though she is said to have been a strict Catholic, she was known for her voodoo practices.

Our Instagram pick this week is of what is believed to be Marie Laveau’s tomb, located in one of New Orleans’ above ground cemeteries, Saint Louis Cemetery #1. Though it is not even certain if this was her final resting place, people come from far and wide to Laveau’s tomb and leave flowers and other offerings. Her grave is one of the most visited in the country, second only to Elvis Presley’s.  Thanks to @pollywoggs on Instagram for capturing such a powerful image of the fascinating ritual practiced at the Voodoo Queen’s tomb.

There is so much more to Marie Laveau and her legend, and part of the fun of learning about her is picking out what you think is true. Take a look at nine “maybe, probably true” facts about Marie Laveau to learn more about this local legend, and decide for yourself!

Offerings at the tomb of "Voodoo Queen" Marie Laveau. Photo courtesy of @pollywoggs on Instagram.
Offerings at the tomb of “Voodoo Queen” Marie Laveau. Photo courtesy of @pollywoggs on Instagram.
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