Author Talk: Carolyn Morrow Long
Published on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 5:23pm
Have you been Watching American Horror Story this season, and been wondering about some of the historical characters? Truth sometimes is much stranger than fiction.
Come hear an illustrated talk with Carolyn Morrow Long on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Tenleytown resident Carolyn Long has written the definitive biographies of these two 19-century New Orleans women: New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau and Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House.
From the 1830s until the 1870s, Laveau, a free woman of color, was the leader of an interracial, mostly female Voudou congregation. Lalaurie, a wealthy white woman, was long suspected of abusing her slaves, and in 1834 her misdeeds were revealed by a fire at her home. Come and hear the true story, based on archival research.