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Tales are told of a ghostly police officer who haunts the stacks at the famed Library of Congress, often helping those who become lost amid the vast collection. Appearing both in uniform and in casual clothes, the officer, who often even tells people his name, is deceased sergeant. Other strange occurrences in the library building are doors that open or close by themselves, a banging sound on the stairs, and the apparition of a dark-haired man. One story is told of some workmen on the second floor who were trying to maneuver a cart between two heavy display cases. One of the cases moved over, all by itself, to enable the workmen’s cart to come through.

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101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540
United States

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38.888683770226535, -77.00472747301637
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  1. In the “Early America” area in the back with the maps and illustrations of the creatures discovered in Early America, I saw a shadow of light on the wall when there were only myself and two others back there and the two others were looking at something and not facing me. There was a yellowish light in a curved line that shone across the red wall even though it didn’t have a recognizable origin and I felt a really weird vibe right before and during that lights appearance, which I know doesn’t sound very credible. But it happened and it was weird.

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