New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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June 15, 1881 Marie Laveau Dies

It's the most recognizable tomb in the cemetery, not for its distinct architecture, but for the markings left there over the years by believers and skeptics alike. This tomb is the reputed burial place of Marie Laveau, the most powerful voodooienne to live in New Orleans. Marie Laveau was born in 1792. It's not clear if she was born in Saint-Domingue (Haiti) or in New Orleans. The woman in the Glapion tomb died in 1897. It's not out of the question that the same woman born in the late 18th century died in the late 19th century, but it is possible that the woman in the tomb is the original Marie's daughter. It is known that the original Marie took up with a man named Glapion after her first husband died in 1826. Whether M. Glapion had his daughter or his wife buried with him is still a mystery.