The Mystery of the Pink Tomb has been solved, thanks to author Carolyn Morrow Long.
It all began when Wicked Witch Extraordinaire and author Dorothy Morrison posted on her Facebook wall several days ago: "As grand a time as we're having in New Orleans, we did make a rather disturbing discovery this morning: Someone painted Marie Laveau's tomb...I can hardly bring myself to say this...pastel PINK!!! WTF???" A plea followed by many to find out who did this, what exactly happened, and what is going to be done about it.
Carolyn Morrow Long spoke to Angie Green, president of Save Our Cemeteries who had this to say about the incident: "Sometime overnight on Tuesday, December 17th a vandal hopped the fence and painted it. He painted the tomb pink, and the marble faceplate white - both in latex paint.
About two weeks earlier, I confronted a man who was painting another tomb with latex paint (what is known as the Dr. John tomb, even though it has nothing to do with him). The vandal was apprehended by the police. He's a mentally-unstable homeless kid who thinks he's "helping" to protect the cemetery by covering up the graffiti. We're assuming the pink paint was done by the same guy, but there is no way to be 100% sure, since no one saw it done.
I've contacted our favorite cemetery restoration specialist (Michelle at Bayou Preservation), and she's volunteered her time to remove the paint. For now, we're concentrating on getting the white paint off of the marble tablet. Latex paint gets harder to remove over time, and the tablet is already in pretty bad shape due to it's age. She's on vacation, but as soon as the holidays are over she'll start working on that.
We'll also eventually have her remove the pink paint from the tomb. Underneath the pink paint is about 2 dozen layers of limewash, which will make the removal of the paint much easier. I'm worried if we do that now, the vandal will come back and repaint it. I hope he sees how quickly the graffiti comes back, and gives up.
Hope that answers your questions. And please spread the word to anyone who asks about what's being done."
Surprisingly, (or maybe not) there was absolutely no media coverage regarding the recent vandalism until the story broke here at the New Orleans Voodoo Examiner column on December 24th, a week following the desecration, much to the dismay of Marie Laveaux devotees. The only other coverage was by author Lilith Dorsey on her blog Voodoo Universe on Patheos. The general consensus among devotees is disappointment at both the act of painting the tomb pink itself, as well as the general lack of attention given the Mother of New Orleans Voodoo.
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