One of the most enduring stereotypes of New Orleans is as a place of ghosts and other malevolent spirits, an image to some degree defined by Lafcadio Hearn, who, in the words of S. Frederick Starr, „invented” New Orleans as a literary construct while working as a journalist in the city in the late nineteenth century (…). The Gothic quality that Hearn found in the city derived not only from New Orleans’s status as a slave market where black bodies, and those said to bear the taint of blackness, were bought and sold. The ghost that haunted New Orleans was the ghost of Saint-Domingue.
Place of ghosts
Ned Sublette, The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square