January 31, 2011
Atop a tomb in the oldest New Orleans cemetary, St. Louis #1. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 was founded in 1789, and it is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. Located at the corners of St. Louis and Basin streets. Like most cemeteries in New Orleans, most of the graves are above ground tombs or wall vaults.
Saint Louis Cemetery is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of Marie Laveau, a Voodoo priestess, and her daughter...both are buried in this cemetery. Supposedly they return to life each St. John's Eve and lead their faithful voodoo practitioners in a wild ceremony/orgy. The area in front of her grave is filled with all sorts of gifts left by cemetery visitors - beads, herbs, lipstick, bricks wrapped in foil, dried beans, etc. Also, her tomb is covered in small x's or crosses...people draw them on the tomb for luck. It's also said that if you turn around three times, either clockwise or counter clockwise, in front of her tomb and then knock on it three times your wish will be granted.
We toured this cemetary (in the daylight) and it was lovely. Besides the legends of hauntings, there is a lot of history here, and it is a 'must see' stop on your visit to New Orleans.
I loved the history of this place, there are so many famous people and original settlers of New Orleans buried here. The above ground tombs are lovely and well kept - there's lots of statues and beautiful carvings in the stones.
Have a wonderful day my friends!!!!
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