Valerie Fennel Aiken Boles, the real-life inspiration behind the character of Minerva, the so-called 'Voodoo Priestess' of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, passed away on May 8, 2009.
It's doubtful that Boles was actually a member of the Voodoo religion. A more likely scenario is that Boles was a Hoodoo woman who simple used the label of 'Voodoo', adding to the growing confusion between the two completely different practices. It is also said that Boles was the widow of the infamous Dr. Buzzard, a (white) Hoodoo man, rumored to have been the most powerful Rootworker to have ever lived. Dr. Buzzard is said to have died in the 1920's, so it's likely that if Boles was married to a 'Doc Buzzard', then it is probably from a later generation of Hoodoo men who took up the name of a former great as a means of attracting fame and customers.
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