Do you believe in ghosts or hauntings? Well, whether you do or not, I have a story for you!
There is a building in Alabama that is said to be haunted by an innocent man who was lynched. Some feel his presence, others hear his voice, but most can see a “face” on a window at the historic Pickens County Courthouse located in Carrollton.
In 1876, the courthouse burned down and was rebuilt. In 1878, Henry Wells was arrested for burning the building. An angry mob formed and Henry fled.
You’ll find many versions of this story in books and on the net but I’ve read that Henry claimed to be innocent. Did he have a chance to prove his innocence? Did he have an alibi? Would anyone even believe him? You see, some stories say that Henry was a freed slave who was often discriminated against because of his skin color. And, this was in Alabama in the late 1800s…
The story goes that Henry fled to the attic of the new courthouse to get away from the mob. As he stood by the attic window watching the angry mob below, a thunderstorm rolled in. Lightning struck and an image of his face was etched onto the window!! The mob made it to the attic, dragged him out of the building, then he was lynched!
That “face” image on the window is still there – today! Tales say the window has been vigorously cleaned but the etched image can’t be removed. Other stories say a violent hail storm came through the area and broke all of the windows except the one with the face!
Like with most ghost stories, there are always skeptics but we had to know. Hubby and I drove the 33 miles from Tuscaloosa to Carrolton to check out the window. We had to see it for ourselves.
The area was mostly deserted, no one on the streets, a few vehicles went by while we were outside the building taking photos. It was a weekend so the building was not open. You can see our pics below. Notice that they have put an arrow on the side of the building pointing to “the” window. How convenient, huh? There is also a binocular viewer in place for getting a close up view of the window.
Look closely at the last image. Do you see a face? What do you think, do you believe?
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