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A Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau

A Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau

A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau book coverLegendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power, beauty, charisma, showmanship, intimidation, and shrewd business sense, Marie Leveau also was known for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever victims and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church.

In separating verifiable fact from semi-truths and complete fabrication, Carolyn Morrow Long explores the unique social, political, and legal setting in which the lives of Laveau's African and European ancestors became intertwined in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

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Instructor Carolyn Morrow Long
Location La Jeunesse
Dates Mar 10, 2014
Time 3 - 4 PM
Price $45 until January 20
$55 after January 20
Cost covers the entire Spring 2014 SAGE series


Carolyn Morrow Long studied studio art and art history at Auburn University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Mississippi. During her career she has been a writer, as well as a painter, a potter, an art teacher, a photographer, and a collage artist. She was employed for eighteen years as a conservator of paper artifacts and photographs at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and retired in 2001.

Long is the author of Spiritual Merchants: Religion, Magic, and Commerce; A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau; and Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House. She created the cover illustrations for the Laveau and Lalaurie books, and is now having her collages reproduced as notecards. Since 1978 she has been a frequent visitor to New Orleans, and considers it her second home. She lives in Washington, D. C. with her husband.