A few years ago, before she lost control of her memory, she was rich in interesting reminiscences of the early history of this city [….] She spoke sometimes of the strange little man with the wonderful bright eyes, Aaron Burr, who was so polite and so dangerous. She loved to talk of Lafayette, who visited New Orleans over half a century ago. The great Frenchman came to see her at her house and kissed her on the forehad at parting.”
– Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.), June 17, 1881, “Death of Marie Laveau”
I CAN’T EVEN.
I mean, I know, it’s 19th century journalism, so who knows if it’s really true, but politically she was certainly one of the most important people in town. Maybe not at THAT age, but STILL.
Lafayette and Laveau. They fight crime.
I’m writing this.
… and Aaron Burr? What was up with that? I need to know more.