- Carolyn Morrow Long, A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006).
- Martha Ward, Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004).
|The author at Marie Laveau's tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in April 2014.|
For the ghost of Marie Laveau slapping a pharmacy store customer, see Robert Tallant, Voodoo in New Orleans (New York: Macmillan, 1946; rpt. Gretna, LA: Pelican, 1990), 130–1, or the paraphrase online at Secrets of the Voodoo Tomb (scroll down to “A Haunting Tale”).
Because records from her era are sketchy, there is some debate about the location of Laveau’s tomb, and which Laveau (her or her daughter Marie II, 1827–ca. 1895) is buried where. However, the tomb in St. Louis No. 1 is most commonly accepted as he resting place, and has an official plaque to mark it.
For those of you unfamiliar with St. Louis No. 1 cemetery, here are photos of the approach to the cemetery taken during a research visit there:
|“Across a nondescript stretch of Basin Street on the north edge of the
French Quarter, a high brick wall, |
white and cracked, ran the length of an entire city block.” (Kaczynski, The Billionth Monkey, p. 11)
|“Black iron gates at its midpoint provided the only entryway to New
Orleans’ oldest and |
best-known cemetery, Saint Louis No. 1.” (Kaczynski, The Billionth Monkey, p. 11)