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Marie Laveau's

House of Voodoo
739 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-581-3751

Story by Jackie Messing


This is what I call the most unique real Voodoo, museum and shop in the entire New Orleans French quarter. At one time it was also the home to Chicken Mans Voodoo shop also.

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Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo shop is located on the reported actual site that legendary Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau II once called home during her lifetime and adjacent to the St. Ann Street cottage where Marie Laveau I actually died.

In house Psychic Readers and shop employees say that the ghost of Marie Laveau does haunt the actual building, especially in the reading room. Laveaus' ghost has been often known to sit in on a tarot card or palm readings and add her two cents.

Recent visitors to the shop have stated more often then not, that they felt her icy dead fingers touch them on the shoulders from beyond the grave, as they entered the back room for a psychic encounter. Others state they have seen her ghost in the actual back room behind the beaded curtain. always sitting there in her finery. And beckoning them to enter,

Still another of the most real recent most chilling frightening haunting reports comes from a lone visitor. She states, that one of the very Tarot Card readers, "Reese" is none other than Marie Laveau incarnate herself.

Psychic Reese

"I actually saw his face change into that of a ghostly woman's face before her eyes!" She further states, that she could hear him speak in a foreign tongue similar to French, (Creole French?).

The Haunted building now houses a small but unique Voodoo museum and a shop that caters to all manner of clientele – from the simply curious to the avid modern practitioner of the ancient Voodoo and Voudon beliefs. touristy yes but real none the less. It features an actual working Voodoo altar.

"Marie Laveau was what we would define as a Voodoo Mambo, High Priestess, and the one and only real last official voodoo Queen of New Orleans", said Reese. "She left a strange legacy on the Big Easy, he says, darkly laced with intrigue and spells, ju-ju gris- gris and voodoo dolls, Her great black magic voodoo hex's, that still casts shadowy powers on visitors to this famous haunted Crescent City."

"Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street, and nearby Rev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop on St. Peter Street for a wide variety of Voodoo supplies."

I also had a tarot card reading on my visit from the great Reese. He has over 35 yrs experience as a famous psychic consultant. Many have traveled the world just to seek him out. He has read for many locals and many a famous persona and movie star, by the way he was wonderful!!!!

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Marie Laveaus' House of Voodoo is a really small shop, but jam to the rafters and filed with all types of real voodoo merchandise. It's not just for the serious practitioner but also geared the novice explorer and curious.

African, Brazilian, and New Orleans masks hand carved statues and fetishes, Voodoo Saints and Catholic Saint statues, Jewelry and Catholic rosaries, T- shirts, many blends of incense and hand made New Orleans voodoo dolls and occult and Hoodoo voodoo books.

Stories have it Marie Laveaus' rests in various cemeteries in the city. Legend also tells she frequently visits the cemeteries, as well as the French Quarter, and her old voodoo residences in which her ghost still haunts.

If you're planning your visit to New Orleans, or a local looking for something different to do, here are the Haunted attractions in and around New Orleans!

New Orleans handmade Voodoo dolls and gris-gris bags. These items make great souvenirs for the right friends, and it's a fun store to visit and say you've been there done that.

 


Hours of Operation
Sunday-Thursday: 10am-11: 30pm
Friday, Saturday: 10am-1: 30am

 

MARIE LAVEAUS' GHOST

According to the author of Haunted City (Dickinson 1997, 131): "Tour guides tell of a Depression-era vagrant who fell asleep atop a tomb in the cemetery and was awakened to the sound of drums and chanting. Stumbling upon the tomb of Marie Laveau, he encountered the ghosts of dancing, naked men and women, led by a tall woman wrapped in the coils of a huge snake."


The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits asserts: "One popular legend holds that Marie I never died, but changed herself into a huge black crow which still flies over the cemetery." Indeed, "Both Maries are said to haunt New Orleans in various human and animal forms" (Guiley 2000).

" In addition to her tomb, Marie also allegedly haunts other sites. For example, according to Hauck (1996), "Laveau has also been seen walking down St. Ann Street wearing a long white dress." Providing a touch of what literary critics call verisimilitude (an appearance of truth), Hauck adds, "The phantom is that of the original Marie, because it wears her unique tignon, a seven-knotted handkerchief, around her neck." But Hauck has erred: Marie in fact "wore a large white headwrap called a tignon tied around her head," says her biographer Gandolfo (1992, 19), which had "seven points folded into it to represent a crown." Gandolfo, who is also an artist, has painted a striking portrait of Marie Laveau wearing her tignon, which is displayed in the gift shop of his New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum (and reproduced in Gandolfo 1992, 1).

Haunted Places: The National Directory, Hauck (1996) writes of Marie: "Her ghost and those of her followers are said to practice wild voodoo rituals in her old house. . . ." But are said to by whom? His list of sources for the entry on Marie Laveau includes Susy Smith's Prominent American Ghosts (1967), his earliest-dated citation. Smith merely says of Marie, "Her home at 1020 St. Ann Street was the scene of weird secret rites involving various primitive groups," and she asks, "May not the wild dancing and pagan practices still continue, invisible, but frantic as ever?" Apparently this purely rhetorical question about imaginary ghosts has been transformed into an "are-said-to"-sourced assertion about supposedly real ones.

In fact, the house at 1020 St. Ann Street was never even occupied by Marie Laveau; it only marks the approximate site of the home she lived in until her death (then numbered 152 Rue St. Ann, as shown by her death certificate). That cottage, which bore a red-tile roof and was flanked by banana trees and an herb garden, was demolished in 1903 (Gandolfo 1992, 14-15, 34).

One alleged Laveau ghost sighting stands out. Tallant (1946, 130-131) relates the story of an African-American named Elmore Lee Banks, who had an experience near St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. As Banks recalled, one day in the mid-1930s "an old woman" came into the drugstore where he was a customer. For some reason she frightened the proprietor, who "ran like a fool into the back of the store." Laughing, the woman asked, "Don't you know me?" She became angry when Banks replied, "No, ma'am," and slapped him. Banks continued: "Then she jump[ed] up in the air and went whizzing out the door and over the top of the telephone wires. She passed right over the graveyard wall and disappeared. Then I passed out cold." He awakened to whiskey being poured down his throat by the proprietor who told him, "That was Marie Laveau."

They have helped foster the many tales and claims about Marie Laveau. In addition, according to the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (Salzman 1996), "the legend of Marie Laveau was kept alive by twentieth-century conjurers who claimed to use Laveau techniques and it is kept alive through the continuing practice of commercialized voodoo in New Orleans"

 

 

 

Reading and References

Baker, Robert A., and Joe Nickell, 1992. Missing Pieces: How to Investigate Ghosts, UFOs, Psychics, and Other Mysteries. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 217.
Cook, Samantha. 1999. New Orleans: The Mini Rough Guide. London: Rough Guides Ltd., 110, 112.
"Death of Marie Laveau." 1881. Obituary, Daily Picayune (New Orleans, La.), n.d. (after June 15), reprinted in Gandolfo 1992, 38-39. Dickinson, Joy. 1997. Haunted City: An Unauthorized Guide to the Magical, Magnificent New Orleans of Anne Rice. Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press.
Gandolfo, Charles. 1992. Marie Laveau of New Orleans. New Orleans, La.: New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum.
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. 2000. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, second ed. New York: Checkmark Books, 213-216.
Haskins, Jim. 1990. Voodoo & Hoodoo. New York: Scarborough House, 59-61.
Hauck, Dennis William. 1996. Haunted Places: The National Directory. New York: Penguin Books, 192, 193.
Herczog, Mary. 2000. Frommer's 2001 New Orleans. New York: IDG Books Worldwide, 158, 186.
Krohn, Diane C. 2000. Personal communication, December 3.
Klein, Victor. 1999. New Orleans Ghosts II. Metairie, La.: Lycanthrope Press, 64.
Nickell, Joe. 2001. Voodoo in New Orleans, Skeptical Inquirer January/February: 26(1).
Salzman, Jack, et al., eds. 1996. Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, vol. 3. London: Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall International, 1581.
Smith, Susy. 1967. Prominent American Ghosts. Cleveland, Ohio: The World Publishing Co., 139-140.
Tallant, Robert. 1946. Voodoo in New Orleans, reprinted Gretna, La.: Pelican Publishing Co., 1990. (Except as otherwise noted, information about Marie Laveau and her daughter is taken from this source.)

 

 

The house that Voodoo Queen Marie's Laveau's daughter, Marie II, briefly lived in is now Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo.

 

Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
739 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

504-581-3751e

Featuring full service Voodoo headquarters for New Orleans Voodoo practioners and curiosity seekers.


Psychic Readings And Palm And Tarot Consultations Are Offered Daily.


See A Actual Working Voodoo Altar

 

 

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Portrait of Marie Laveau
Franck Schneider after George Catlin
c. 1920s
Oil on canvas

http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/painting/schneider2.htm

 

 

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