Pinsteps. Julia Brown's real story in Cajun swamps, Louisiana
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It turns out that Julia Brown was a natural person: census records show that she was born Julia Bernard in Louisiana around 1845 and married a labourer named Celestin Brown in 1880. About 20 years later, the federal government granted her husband a 40-acre parcel of land, which likely passed to Julia after his death around 1914.

Official census and property records do not mention Brown's voodoo practices, which is unsurprising. Modern New Orleans voodoo priestess, Bloody Mary, told Mental Floss that she found mentions of a voodoo priestess or queen named Brown who worked in New Orleans in the 1860s before moving to Frenier. Mary notes that, since there were no doctors in towns, Brown likely served as a local healer (or traiteur, a folk healer in Louisiana traditions) and midwife, using any knowledge and materials she could find to care for the residents.

Brown's song is also documented. In an oral history report by a long-time resident of the area, Helen Schlosser Burg, it is recorded that "Aunt Julia Brown...always sat on her porch and played her guitar and sang songs that she would make up. The words to one of the songs she sang said that when she died, she would take the whole town with her."

There is even one newspaper report from 1915 describing Brown's funeral on the day of the storm. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune on October 2nd, 1915: "Brown was buried in a cheap coffin, and when the storm came, the grave caved in, and her body was partly exposed."

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Cajun Swamp in LaPlace, Louisiana, of May 20, 2021

Cajun Pride Swamp Tours is a popular tourist attraction located in LaPlace, Louisiana. The tour company offers several different tour packages to explore the local swamps and wildlife.

As of September 2021, the admission prices and arrangements for Cajun Pride Swamp Tours were as follows:

Adult (13 years and older) general admission: $29.00 Child (4-12 years old) general admission: $15.00 Children 3 years old and under: free

Private boat tours and group rates are also available.

During the tour, visitors are taken on a guided boat ride through the swamps and wetlands of Louisiana. The tour guides, who are often locals with extensive knowledge of the area, provide commentary on the history, ecology, and wildlife of the swamps. Visitors can expect to see alligators, turtles, snakes, and a variety of birds and other wildlife. In addition to the wildlife, visitors will also see the unique ecosystem of the swamps, including the cypress trees and Spanish moss.

The tour company offers several different tour options, including a standard 1-hour tour, a longer 2-hour tour, and a sunset tour. They also have a gift shop on-site, where visitors can purchase souvenirs and locally-made crafts. Overall, Cajun Pride Swamp Tours is a popular and educational way to explore the unique environment and wildlife of the cajun swamps in Louisiana.

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