Library to share ghost stories in October

The Demopolis Public Library will present “School Spirits: Ghost Stories from Alabama’s College Campuses” on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Noon as part of the “Lunch at the Library” program. The program will be presented by Alan Brown, Ph.D. professor of English at the University of West Alabama.

Alabama’s colleges and universities have generated a body of ghostlore that reflects the state’s long history of higher education, war and racial strife. Indeed, many of the state’s signature ghost stories originated in late-story-telling sessions in college dormitories and apartment houses. Every college campus has at least one resident ghost, but for the sake of time, this presentation will focus on Alabama ‘s most haunted colleges and universities: Springhill College – The Ghostly Math Professor; Walker College (Bevill State Community College) – The Ghost of Dr. Carl Jesse ; Auburn – The Ghost of Sidney Grimlett; Athens State University – The Ghosts of Abigail Burns and Florence Brown; University of Montevallo – The Ghosts of President Reynolds, Dr. Trumbauer, and Condie Cunningham; University of West Alabama – Ghosts of the library, Webb Hall, Bibb Graves Hall, and Brock Hall; University of North Alabama – Ghost of the Book Store; University of Alabama – Ghost of the Jason’s Shrine and the Tri-Delta Sorority House; Judson College – The Ghostly Organist; and Huntingdon College – The Red Lady.

“We are planning to start having a ‘Lunch at the Library’ program once a quarter”, says library director Morgan Grimes. “Professor Brown has presented programs here in the past, so we are excited to have him back. This is the perfect program to have in October.”

The library encourages people to bring their own lunch. The Friends of the Library will provide drinks and dessert. For more information contact Morgan at 334-289-1595