Congo Square is the Place to Be…

Congo Square is the Place to Be…photo by Lilith Dorsey.

The following is a praise poem for the ancestor spirits residing in Congo Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. For more about this historic site please read Congo Square Redux.


Congo Square is the Place to Be…


Congo Square is the place to be…

if you’re a hundred and one

or only three.


There are ghosts of slaves and power galore…

rituals, and drum circles,

and so much more.


It has seen the trials of time and tide,

many a Voodoo priestess

and a few hopeful brides.


The history is in the trees, the stone, and the dirt,

It pulses through our blood,

and some of the memories hurt.


Yet today it’s still a site for Indians and Jazz,

the sweet mystery lives on,

like it always has.

Congo Square Sign photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.


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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.