Photo by Osie Turner
Marie Laveau was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and remains a legend to this day. Her tomb is a pilgrimage site for modern Voodoo practitioners as well as the general public. Laveau's tomb is usually covered with Voodoo markings and it is customary to leave her an offering of Mardi Gras beads, pocket change, or alcohol if you really want to gain the favor of the Voodoo Queen, who has been known to grant wishes when she feels inclined. The tomb is her family crypt and dates to the 18th century.
If you go:
Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans and contains many notable people from the city's long and colorful history. The cemetery is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Do not attempt to enter after dark. Besides being illegal, the area behind and around the tomb is not safe at night. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is on nearby Dumaine Street
401-499 Basin Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 USA