New Orleans Voodoo Alley

    In 2006, when I returned to New Orleans after a nine year absence, Cameron and I stayed with a friend on the border of the 8th and 9th wards, near the Mississippi River.

    Behind her house was an alleyway, this alleyway had a guardian standing at the entrance, and was littered with paintings and the odd statue or two.

    I was told that the alley -and it’s magic- had kept the Katrina flood waters away from the immediate houses.

The guardian at the end of the alley, with cigarette offerings in its metal teeth.

Paintings of death scattered about the wooden fence.

Painting of death, wearing a tuxedo, free of its chains, and with a burning heart at its feet. And for some reason the word ‘vote’ written on the skeleton’s correctly placed heart.

A cross the correct way up, and a statue of The Virgin Mary (Jesus?) with its head and hands missing sitting beside a door step.

The Skull of the Dead, with top hat and long red tongue, painted on a gate between houses, hidden in an alleyway.

One Response to “New Orleans Voodoo Alley”

  1. Paulette Walker says:

    I would love to visit there & meet with the people! It would be a dream come true!