Jemison Center - Old Bryce Mental Hospital

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Although most ghost websites will refer to this place as Old Bryce Mental Hospital, this is not an accurate designation. There is a Bryce Mental Hospital in Alabama, but it has been located in Tuscaloosa since its inception in 1861 and the Jemison Center, as this place is accurately called, was not founded as a health care facility until the 1920′s. Therefore, it could hardly be considered the “Old Bryce Mental Hospital”. This is one of those places and cases where it is hard to separate fact from fiction. Most accounts written about Jemison tell of this place being a segregated facility where freed blacks who had trouble adjusting to life after slavery were sent, and who were virtually forced back into slavery due to the need for the asylum to be self-funded. The patients were therefore required to toil in the fields and produce crops that would be profitable, making the lives of these former slaves little different than their days on the plantations. However, anyone who can do simple math can see the slight problem with this. As Jemison was not opened up until approximately 60 years after the abolition of slavery, it does not seem likely that “recently freed blacks” who had trouble with adjustment would have been there. And it does not seem likely that former slaves between the ages of 70-80 would have been sent back into the fields to toil at Jemison if they had been transferred there in the 1920′s. So already, we have a case of fact interfering with a good story and more likely the histories of the actual Bryce Hospital (which no doubt did take in some freedmen) and Jemison center getting entangled. In any event, this place was an institutionalized setting and the people who lived here no doubt did experience all the numerous horrors that were associated with being a mentally ill patient in the early 20th century. The reports of haunting include a variety of events: people hearing voices, footsteps, the sounds of slamming doors, as well as more violent encounters with hair being pulled and the sensation of being hit or kicked. This place is a falling down ruin and if you are caught trespassing, you will be prosecuted so we advise you to err on the side of caution if you are considering visiting.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    Off 5th Street
    Northport, AL
    GPS:
    33.228175292666045, -87.63179397596105
    County:
    Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
    Nearest Towns:
    Northport, AL (3.2 mi.)
    Coker, AL (3.5 mi.)
    Tuscaloosa, AL (3.8 mi.)
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    Grimes, AL (14.5 mi.)
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    1. I live in Tuscaloosa, its the neighboring city to north port. The two cities enter twine and becomes one city really. Nobody here knows the old Brice mental hospital as the jemison center. We call it old Brice because recently a new mental hospital was errected its Brice hospital. So we call it, “new Brice” that’s the only reason me say old Brice, not the historical stuff. And no, the hospital does not allow anyone in without special permission from the mayor or city council. Its patrolled by cops all the time so its hard to get inside. My brother went Inside and the stuff that he saw kept him awake for days. He heard screams and footsteps and he took a video on his phone and you could see a chair move. There are many graphitited places and much vandalism in the building. Many people go there to preform rituals(satanic) there are penta grams and candles everywhere. Old needles from the hospital are left laying everywhere and so is some medical enwuipment like the beds that strap you down tight and gags. There have also been animal offerings in the building( people kill the animals and do what ever they do with it). Its a scary place haunted or not.

    2. I’ve explored this area multiple times throughout my years in Tuscaloosa– not looking for supernatural experiences, but mainly just out of curiosity. I’ve never had a run in with cops, except for once, where we simply had to confirm we did not possess drugs/alcohol, and we were told to stay away from the third floor (the roof is caving in, and it’s unsafe). Going there IS trespassing, though, so I wouldn’t necessarily encourage it. The place has been trashed because of all the curious college kids– graffiti, red solo cups. broken glass, and destroyed furniture everywhere. There are remaining mattresses, nightstands, and other assorted furniture scattered about. If you are going, you MUST have your own flash light (everyone in the group needs one– it is DARK, obviously), and you need to wear long pants and hiking shoes/boots (you’re going to have to romp through some muddy fields). As far as supernatural experiences– I don’t go looking for these things and I don’t necessarily want to disrupt what might possibly be there, but I did feel colder randomly in certain spots as I walked. If you are feeling gutsy, there is a basement that has been vandalized less (probably because people were too frightened to go down there). I feel like regardless of if you believe in supernatural experiences or not, you need to be respectful of the people who lived their lives there and all of the turmoil they experienced. Further damage to this building is only going to prevent future explorers from being able to see the wonder. My favorite experience is always turning the corner and looking up to see the dark, looming building literally APPEAR before your eyes. One second you don’t see it, and then there it is. Boom. I’d recommend going at night the first time, but if you continue to feel curious but don’t have the guts to explore in depth, go back during the day. There are various other buildings around the grounds (a regular hospital, storage facilities, crematorium, etc.), and it is like stepping into a piece of history. Again, I do not ADVISE trespassing, and I do not ADVISE disrespecting the lives of the people who once dwelled in this building.

    3. I went there with a few friends once a few years back. visited all three floors. it’s a pretty eerie place. Empty rooms with small barred squares at the top, tables with straps. creates some creepy imagery man. the only thing that was odd about it was that the asbestos was so bad it made the air thin and more difficult to breathe. nothing special but cool to check out if you’re in to that kind of thng.

    4. Me and a few of my buddies went here tonight and we saw another truck coming in the trail, so we followed it but could never find the truck, so we pulled up at the asylum and went inside, we were walking up the stairs and my friend looked at me and said “I don’t feel right I can’t breathe” so we got in the truck thinking it’s ok it was just the mold and asbestos in the air, but when the headlights hit the front of the building we saw four figures, two in one window on the 3rd floor, one really tall black figure that screamed at us, and one on the first floor ( I never saw the one on the first floor but according to my other friends it was there ) and I’ve never seen or heard anything like that, I would advice do not go. This was very demonic and dangerous

    5. Me and my friends went out there and on the way out there we saw two headlights but never saw tail lights… So we thought “okay theres more people going out there so we will follow them” well we never saw those two headlights again. So we get out there and some of us go in & some of us sit in the truck. Well one of my friends saw a hand wrapped around the corner of the wall, and we heard doors slam upstairs and running… But actually theres no doors upstairs. So we all run out of there and get in the truck and we go shine the lights on the place and we saw people in the windows and a huge black figure infront of the truck and they were screaming at us, it was the loudest screan ive ever heard & i know a human couldnt scream like that. Well we were trying to get the truck in reverse and the truck wouldnt go. We finally got it to go and we got out of there. That place is nothing to mess with, i auggest you DO NOT go!!

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