Nearly a year after an unknown vandal slathered a thick layer of pink latex paint on the final resting place of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the restoration of the Voodoo queen’s tomb has been completed and will be unveiled on Halloween.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans and Save Our Cemeteries contracted with Bayou Preservation in August at a cost of $10,000 to return the monument to its 200-year-old original state. But Amanda Walker, executive director of Save Our Cemeteries, said she fears that tomb won’t stay in its pristine condition for long
Decades ago, someone started a rumor that if people wanted Laveau to grant them a wish they should draw an X on the tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, and yell out their wish. If it was granted they had to return to the tomb, circle their X, and leave Laveau an offering.
No matter how many times people are told that this is just a myth and accomplishes nothing more than damaging a historical gravesite, the practice continues, Walker said.
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