Triple-X Marks the Spot
By Andrew Belonsky
Three blocks north of Dauphine Street, in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the oldest and most famous graveyard in the city, the relics and offerings of myriad religions are left at graves long after the bodies are gone. Because the lime-washed granite tombs are above ground, new bodies are put in once the old remains have disintegrated. More than a few tombs bear a series of charcoal Xs. The most are found on the tomb of Marie Laveau, a Voodoo priestess who died 132 years ago. Legend has it that if you draw three "X"s on her grave and knock, Laveau will grant your wish.