Marie Laveau , also spelled Laveaux , born ? Some documents indicate that she was born in , while other research supports as the year of her birth. She is said to have been born to an African woman, named Marguerite Darcantel, and to Charles Laveau. He reportedly disappeared and was later reported dead. Although Laveau was a committed mother and wife, much of her priority in caretaking was extended to her spiritual children and the general community. Laveau became a hairdresser to create economic stability for herself and her family. Through interaction with her black clients who were house servants, she was exposed to personal information about her wealthy white clients, who often sought her counsel. Laveau used this information to give informed counsel to the people who sought advice from her concerning their personal affairs. Many wealthy and politically affluent individuals, both white and black, paid Laveau for personal advice, intervention in some situation, and protection against any evil energy that might have been placed against them.
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