Carrollton, Alabama

Pickens County Courthouse

Carrollton is a town in Pickens County, Alabama. Pictured is Pickens County Courthouse courtesy of Calvin Beale. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Pickens County Courthouse

The Pickens County Courthouse was built in 1877. It is famous for a ghostly image that can be seen in one of its garrett windows, claimed to be that of freedman Henry Wells.

According to a common version of the story, Wells was arrested for burglary and arson. A flash of lightening captured his terrified expression as he looked upon a gathered mob from the garret window, who then lynched him. He cried that if he was innocent, he would return to haunt them, and the resulting face is said to be testament to that curse.

Pictured left is the sign recounting the story courtesy of Mike Dockery.

Pickens County Courthouse, 20 Phoenix Ave. Carrollton, AL 35447, USA.

For further information, please read Haunted America by Michael Norman and Beth Scott.