it was rumored that the statue of the woman in front of the tomb would come to life and walk the cemetery grounds at night. It was later discovered that a street light reflecting off the tomb gave it a reddish glow, lending credence to the rumors of the haunting.
Marie Thérèse ditte Coincoin, (1742-1816) was a free médecine, planter, and business woman in Natchitoches Parish. She was freed from slavery by her master Claude Thomas Pierre Métoyer, with whom she had ten children. Her descendants established a community along the Cane River. Look her up! Portrait by Jules Lion, a French free-man-of-color living in New Orleans. (More portraits at link by another free-man-of-color in that era, Julien Hudson)