Marie LaveauMarie Laveau 1794?-1881 and 1827-1897. The most renowned voodoo queen in North America was actually a mother and daughter. Their appeal was their magical powers, control of one’s lovers and enemies, and sex. Marie I was a most powerful women who was told all the secrets by women and was able to use these to increase her powers. Marie II was feared more and inspired subservience
Info from the Historic New Orleans Collection: This 1837 portrait by François (Franz) Fleischbein of his housekeeper Betsy, a free woman of color, is also on display in THNOC's Counting House. The sitter’s elaborate headdress and delicate jewelry underscore her elevated social position in the painter’s household.