Pensacola Cultural Center

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Originally built in 1911 as the Escambia County Building, including the jail and place of execution, this center is said to be haunted by some of the lawbreakers who met their ends here. Apparitions and shadowy figures have been seen, one of whom is said to be Hosea Poole, the last man executed here. He was convicted of killing his brother and was hanged on July 31, 1920. A ghostly little young girl also has been seen and heard giggling; she skips in the hallways, peers over people’s shoulders, or hides in corners.

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Geographic Information

400 South Jefferson Street
Pensacola, FL
United States

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30.408146, -87.21301900000003
Escambia County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Pensacola, FL (0.9 mi.)
East Pensacola Heights, FL (2.4 mi.)
Goulding, FL (2.5 mi.)
Warrington, FL (4.0 mi.)
West Pensacola, FL (4.2 mi.)
Brent, FL (4.4 mi.)
Gulf Breeze, FL (4.6 mi.)
Myrtle Grove, FL (5.7 mi.)
Ferry Pass, FL (7.1 mi.)
Bellview, FL (7.1 mi.)


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  1. I dance on the third floor of this building and I was upstairs with only a couple people and was stretching in the hallway I got up to go get some water and when I came back my ballet shoes was was about 15 feet away from where I left it and at the time no one else was in the hallway

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