School spirits and college ghost stories are explored in a free presentation at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Pensacola State College’s Hagler Auditorium, Building 2, Room 252, on the Pensacola campus.
The public is invited and no tickets are required.
English Professor Alan Brown from the University of West Alabama in Livingston shows how Alabama’s colleges and universities have generated a body of ghost lore that reflects the state’s long history of higher education, war and racial strife.
With many of the signature ghost stories originating in late-story-telling sessions in college dormitories and apartment houses, every college campus in Alabama has at least one resident ghost.
Brown’s presentation uses slides to focus on Alabama’s most haunted colleges and universities including the Ghostly Professor at Springhill College; Ghost of Dr. Carl Jesse at Walker College (Bevil State Community College); Ghost of Sidney Grimlett at Auburn University; Ghost of Abigail Burns and Florence Brown at Athens State University; Ghosts of President Reynolds, Dr. Trumbauer and Condie Cunningham at University of Montevallo; Ghosts of the library, Webb Hall, Bibb Graves Hall, and Brook Hall at University of West Alabama; Ghost of the Book Store at University of North Alabama; Ghosts of the Jason’s Shrine and the Tri Delta Sorority House at University of Alabama; Ghostly organists at Judson College; and the Red Lady at Huntingdon College.
An accomplished writer, Brown is the author of numerous books on many subjects. However, loyal readers are particularly fond of his books that focus on the ghost lore of the South including “Ghost Hunters of the South,” “Haunted Places in the American South,” “Stories from the Haunted South,” and “Shadows and Cypress: Southern Ghost Stories.”
He also is a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau and was a featured speaker at the recent Pensacola Comic Con Convention.
For more information, contact Sheila Nichols, PSC Director of Marketing, 850-484-1428.