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Laveau, Marie (1794?–16 June 1881), voodoo queen, was born in New Orleans about 1794, the illegitimate daughter, part black, part Native American, part white, of Charles Laveau and Marguerite Carcantel Laveau. This Roman Catholic “free woman of color” developed into a statuesque beauty with fine facial features and curly black hair. In 1819 she married Jacques Paris, a free quadroon Catholic carpenter from Santo Domingo (now Haiti). They lived in New Orleans in a house given her by her father. Paris soon disappeared and was reported dead. Calling herself “Veuve [Widow] Paris,” she became a hairdresser for white and Creole women in New Orleans....