Pickens County Courthouse

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A ghostly face appears in the window of this courthouse in Carrollton, Alabama. Legend attributes the face to a wrongly-accused man who was either lynched by an angry mob after being dragged from the courthouse or who died after being struck by lightning at the exact moment that he leaned out the window and yelled down to the assembled mob that he would haunt them forever should they go through with their plan to lynch him.

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    Geographic Information

    SR 17 and Tuscaloosa Street
    Carrollton, AL 35447
    United States

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    33.261965203501205, -88.0946928485489
    Pickens County, Alabama
    Nearest Towns:
    Carrollton, AL (0.0 mi.)
    McMullen, AL (9.1 mi.)
    Reform, AL (9.3 mi.)
    Aliceville, AL (9.7 mi.)
    Pickensville, AL (10.2 mi.)
    Gordo, AL (11.8 mi.)
    Macedonia, AL (12.0 mi.)
    Ethelsville, AL (12.7 mi.)
    Memphis, AL (14.6 mi.)
    New Hope, MS (19.5 mi.)


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    1. It is tradition for my band to pass by this place when we travel to Gordo, AL, for marching contest. By the way back home to Mississippi, a senior section leader will have the history ready to be read and will read it to everyone on the bus. By the time we get the buses make the traditional route around the courthouse to where they have an arrow pointing at the window to the room in which the man was locked up in. He was wrongly accused and taken from his residence by a mob to the courthouse and the night before the trial it was storming badly and he was looking out the window when lighting struck a tree outside his window and it left an impression of his face on the window. He was later executed by the mob after being condemned guilty. It is said you can still see his spirit looking out the window and you can hear moving around in the room where he was locked up. The impression of his face is still there on the window as is the tree that was struck by lightning. I must add that the man was an African-American accused of being a run away slave.

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