The More You Know About Marie Laveau…

Way Up in the Attic


The most famous of the Voodou Queens, Marie Catherine Laveau was born on September 10, 1801 in New Orleans. A creole woman + a free person of color, her social standing allowed her to move with ease around social circles in the city. She worked as a hair dresser + a liquor importer while amassing a network of associates + gaining quite the reputation for her true calling as an advisor + a femme traiteur, or faith healer.

Many of New Orleans high society sought her intercession + advice: captains who would not sail their ships without her blessing, lawyers + businessmen who would not make deals without her approval. Those jealous of her influence claimed her success could only be attributed to Voodou. She encouraged this point of view as a safeguard against those who may have meant her harm. The threat of ominous power kept them at bay.


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