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Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen

If there was ever a true queen of voodoo, it was Marie Laveau, a Creole woman born in 1801 to white politician Charles Laveau and free black woman Marguerite Darkentel, who raised her on her father's plantation. As a young woman, Mary moved to New Orleans' French Quarter, where she developed into a voodoo barber and well-respected businesswoman. Lavu's voodoo was somewhat unique, however, as she was also a devout Catholic, infusing her practice with Christian beliefs such as holy water, candles, and the imagery of saints.

Laveau's first husband, Jacques Paris, mysteriously disappeared, and is believed to have died in 1820, but no one is quite sure how. This didn't stop Marie from referring to herself as Widow Paris for the rest of her life, which is a bit odd, given that she spent most of it with businessman Christopher de Glapon, with whom she had seven children. (Though they never married due to contemporary laws against inter-caste marriage). Interestingly, although Lavoe himself was black, he and Glapon owned at least seven slaves in their lifetime, although it is not known how these slaves were treated and the French laws and English laws of Louisiana. It is important to note the difference between States, the latter of which were more restrictive about slavery and treated race in more complete terms.