College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Committee Member 1
William D. Carrigan
Committee Member 2
Jody Russell Manning
Black History, Dark Tourism, Ghost Stories, New Orleans, Public History
Public History | United States History
This research examines three popular ghost stories/legends of New Orleans that deal with issues of race. Madame Lalaurie, Julie, and Marie Laveau are popular subjects that are often sensationalized and removed from their proper historical context while treating legend as fact. This study not only analyzes the historical accuracy or historical context of these tales, but also addresses how these stories shape public perception and memory on topics such as race and local history. In addition, this study focuses on the intersectionality of dark tourism and public history and the ethical questions that often arise when the two meet.
Foley, Laura, "The haunted history of New Orleans: An exploration of the intersectionality between dark tourism, Black history, and public history" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 2908.