St Louis Cathredral Disaster Vodoo Jackson memorial New Orleans LA


St Louis Cathredral Jackson memorial New Orleans LA

  • The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans 
  • Since 1727 New Orleanians have worshipped in churches on this site.
  • first building in New Orleans of “brick between posts
  • During construction, the central clock and bell tower collapsed
  • Opened in 1794
  • Three Roman Catholic churches have stood on the site since 1718, when the city was founded
  • The first was a crude wooden structure in the early days of the French colony
  • On April 25, 1909, a dynamite bomb was set off in the cathedral, blowing out windows and damaging galleries
  • The high winds of Hurricane Katrina displaced two large oak trees in St. Anthony’s Garden behind the cathedral, dislodging 30 feet (9.1 m) of ornamental gate. The nearby marble statue of Jesus Christ was damaged, losing a forefinger and a thumb.
  • known as the burial place of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau; her tomb attracts hundreds of pilgrims every year
  • Marie Catherine Laveau was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo, who was renowned in New Orleans. Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, also practiced root work, conjure, Native American and African spiritualism as well as Louisiana or what is known today as New Orleans Voodoo

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