The Story of Marie Leveau

Marie Leveau was born September 10, 1782 and died June 06, 1881. She was considered to be a Louisiana Creole and became the Voodoo queen in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother was a Creole of color and her father was a white planter.

Marie Leveau was born September 10, 1782 and died June 06, 1881. She was considered to be a Louisiana Creole and became the Voodoo queen in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother was a Creole of color and her father was a white planter.

On August 04, 1819 she married Jacque Paris. Jacque was also known as Jacque Santiago according to some records. Their marriage certificate can be found in Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The marriage was performed by Father Antonia de Sedella a Capuchin priest also known as Pere Antoine.

Jacque Paris was part of the Haitian immigration to New Orleans during 1809. He died in 1820 of unknown circumstances.

Many of the immigrants were white planters, and free people of color with African ancestry as well as many slaves. As a result of the African ancestry among them they brought their religious beliefs with them. Although they had to practice their religious beliefs in secrecy in Haiti because they had been forbidden to practice openly by their white owners they continued to practice in secrecy after arriving in New Orleans. The practice of Voodoo by the immigrants aided in the revival of it in New Orleans and Creole of color communities.

After her husband died she became a hairdresser for the wealthy white families in New Orleans. It is believed that she used her Voodoo magic to gain control of the men and women who were employed by the wealthy to learn whatever she felt she needed to know about them. Due to the fact that she was considered to be a Voodoo queen the people who worked for the white families may have been scared into becoming her network of spies because of their fear of what Voodoo could be used for.

It was during the time that she was a hairdresser that she took a lover by the name of Christophe (Louis Christophe Deumernil de Glapion). He died in 1835 and according to some had a total of fifteen children with Marie. One of her daughters was named Marie Leveau II and on occasions used the name of Paris, her mother’s first husband. Marie Leveau II followed her mother in the practice of Voodoo although some people believe that the first Marie was the more powerful of the two because of network of spies built up through her contact with other servants of the wealthy. Marie II was much more elaborate with events involving the public and by combining her works with her mothers they were able to accumulate a small amount of wealth for themselves. No one is sure as to which one of them was responsible for creating the reputation of being the Voodoo Queen.

 

Marie is said to have had a snake named Zombi which she danced with. The name of the snake was for one of the voodoo gods.

A lot of people claimed to have seen her after her death. Although there are some people who believe that it was Marie II and that she was taking over for her mother. Marie Leveau was buried in St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans. However, there are some people who do not believe that she was buried there.

Many people who visit her grave have drawn three X’s on the sides of her tomb. They draw the X’s because they believe that she will grant them a wish. There are also many who believe that she returns to life and leads a ceremony on St. John’s Eve every year. Some people claim to have seen her ghost in the cemetery.