Power Washing and Cement on Marie Laveau’s Tomb, Please No!

Marie Laveau’s tomb detail, before the damage and questionable restoration. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

The Times-Picayune is reporting that the pressure washing of the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau started on Thursday (Jan 2). The tomb is being restored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Times-Picayune article reports that the non profit group Save Our Cemeteries is saying that there were “chips of brick and plaster from the tomb all over the ground.” This is the second most visited grave in the United States, a sacred site for thousands of Voodoo and Vodou devotees, as well as other Pagan  practitioners from across the globe. People make pilgrimages, leave offerings, have sacred moments. Unfortunately, it is painfully unprotected. It was painted what was described as a  “pepto dismal” pink around the middle of December, which

Photo by Dorothy Morrison, copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

I wrote about this issue in Marie Laveau’s Tomb is Pink: Shame Shame Shame, and Denise Alvarado uncovered more information in her post Wicked Witch Extraordinaire Dorothy Morrison  Delivers Evidence of a Pink Marie Laveau Tomb. Now there is the danger that they will be continuing the restoration with Portland cement, which could further damage the tomb. Preservationists are calling for an alternative and rallying to find a solution quickly. And as always, I will keep everyone posted.

Most of the general public has seen Marie Laveau come to light on the popular television show American Horror Story Coven, which features the Voodoo Queen as a regular character portrayed by Angela Bassett. Patheos blogger Peg Aloi and I have been covering the show extensively on video chats  with wrinkled brow, you can check that out here. For more information about the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, please check out Carolyn Long’s book A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau  as well as my post The Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.



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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.