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TBT: St. Louis Cemetery, a city of the dead

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Marie Laveau, Queen of Voodoo is interred behind the gates of St. Louis Cemetery Marie Laveau, Queen of Voodoo is interred behind the gates of St. Louis Cemetery

As Halloween approaches, we take a look back at one of New Orleans' spookier locations and the history behind it.

Founded in the 1700s, Saint Louis Cemetery refers to three Roman Catholic cemeteries.

The oldest and most famous, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, was established by the Spanish in 1789. Many of the city's early occupants and infamous personalities are interred here, including Marie Laveau.

It's been named the 'Most Haunted Cemetery in the United States.'

Pirates, aristocrats, politicians, killers, artists and the Queen of Voodoo are interred on the grounds. With over 100,000 dead interred, it's no wonder the cemetery has heard its fair share of ghost stories.

Phantom figures and yellow fever victims reportedly stalk the rows of crypts. However, the most famous spirit believed to roam the grounds is that of Marie Laveau, New Orleans' Queen of Voodoo. Some believe that Laveau materializes annually of St. John's Eve (June 23) to lead the voodoo faithful in worship.

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