Marie Laveau

American Voodoo practitioner
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Marie Catherine Laveau (September 10, 1801 – June 15, 1881) was a Louisiana practitioner of voodoo, herbalism and midwifery. She was well-known in 19th century New Orleans.[1]

Marie Laveau
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Portrait by Frank Schneider, based on a painting by George Catlin (Louisiana State Museum)
Marie Catherine Laveau

(1801-09-10)September 10, 1801
DiedJune 15, 1881(1881-06-15) (aged 79)
OccupationOccultist, voodoo priestess, midwife, nurse, herbalist
Known forVoodoo Queen of New Orleans
Spouse(s)Jacques Paris, Christophe Glapion
Parent(s)Charles LaVeau and Marguerite Henry (known as D'Arcantel)

Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, (1827–c. 1862) also practiced rootwork, conjure, Native American and African spiritualism and Louisiana voodoo.

An alternate spelling of her name, Laveaux, may be from the original French spelling.


  1. Ward, Martha 2004. Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau. Oxford: University of Mississippi Press. ISBN 1578066298