Marie Laveau was a free woman of color of African,
Native American, and French Descent. In 1819 she
married Jacques Paris and settled in the mansion
on St Ann Street in New Orleans,that she inherited
from her father. Within a year she became a widow
and got a job as a hairdresser.
As a hairdresser, Laveau acquired a wealthy
clientele and began to offer her magical
services including Voodoo. Quickly, she gained
a reputation as a powerful witch, with rumors
spreading beyond the hair salon.
By turning Voodoo rituals into grand
performances with dancing and carnivals,
she attracted a rich crowd. Very soon she had
plenty of wealthy clients who were seeking
to get help from the “Other Side”.
Marie Laveau was the main developer of Louisiana
Voodoo, famous for the openness and pomp of the
ceremonies. Thanks to her, we know New Orleans
as a Voodoo capital, that to this day attracts
people from all over the world.