Andrew Vanacore / The New Orleans Advocate
Yes, that was the choice of whoever showed up one recent night to put a fresh coat of paint on the tomb of Marie Laveau. And really the color was not such a bad choice, said Ina Fandrich, a local historian who has written extensively on the renowned 19th-century voodoo priestess.
Pink, she said, is by no means out of place in the brightly hued Creole culture of which Laveau was a part — and after all, she said, pink is the color of “divine love,” a theme Laveau would have appreciated.
All of which would have made it a vast improvement over the crude X marks that tourists have been scrawling on the tomb since as far back as the 1920s, the result of a “hocus pocus” notion that it would help convince Laveau to grant a wish from beyond the grave.
It would have been an improvement, that is, were it not for the particularly harmful effects of putting thick, latex paint on old brick, which can hasten the weathering process and is difficult to remove.