How was America American before America?
I also want to explore this.
Museums always feel so much like monuments to holes and the holes are me and I walk through the space and fill in the museum with what should be there.
List of museums visited in New Orleans:
The Cabildo Museum
The Voodoo Museum
The Voodoo Authentica exhibit
Ashe Cultural Art Center
the tomb of the unknown slaves
the mississippi river
the Satchmo festival
walked past the Museum of Death
Walked past every voodoo store
in the french quarter and
anywhere else were near-y a black person
could be found
benefiting from the sale
of the fake, watered-down plastic magic
assumed to be voodoo
I did not visit the grave where Marie Laveau is believed to be buried
Because I know she is not buried there.
Nor is her image captured in the replica of the original fake image
in the Cabildo Museum
What White Folks don’t understand is that
Laveau would never be seen
unless she wanted to be
and why would she want
filled in and lied on
and speculated about
by people who get drunk
and then head to the “voodoo store”
to “hex” their ex-boyfriends?
Do you think she didn’t see that coming?
Do you think she didn’t know
that the mammie postcards
sold in the nostalgia section
of every gift shop I entered in the french quarter
would be coming after she died?
Marie Laveau is not buried anywhere one has to pay
$20.00 to walk over her
She was carried out. over and
cross the bayou somewhere
look for a dissimilar cypress
the one that smells a little