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Friday, October 31, 2014

Mississippi Hauntings

Hauntings, ghosts, and ghouls! Oh my!
The Mississippi Library Commission is in the spirit of All Hallow's Eve and we'd like to share a few accounts of Mississippi hauntings from select books in our collection Feel free to stop by and check out these spooky titles (and more)!

  • The Singing River (West Pascagoula River) in Gautier, MS - The story of the Singing River is much like Romeo & Juliet. According to The Haunting of Mississippi by Barbara Sillery, two lovers from the Pascagoula and Biloxi tribe fall in love (Sillery, 227). This angered the Biloxi, who far outnumbered the Pascagoula. Rather than being killed, the Pascagoula, led by the two lovers, sang a somber song as they stepped one by one off the riverbank. Locals say they can still hear the song, which is described as a hum.
  • Civil War soldiers in Jackson, MS - According to The Haunted Natchez Trace by Bud Steed, there have been several sightings of Confederate soldiers from the Civil War on Fortification Street. Fortification was where the Confederates ran a northern line during the Siege of Jackson in 1863 (Steed, 50).
  • Lakemont and McRaven houses in Vicksburg, MS - Ever heard of a widow that still haunts the Lakemont house, mourning the death of her husband who died in a duel in 1861? Or the McRaven House, that was first owned by robbers and just might be the ideal candidate for most haunted house in Mississippi due to the many deaths that occurred on the property? Check out one of our old blog posts about these places here!

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Sillery, Barbara. The Haunting of Mississippi. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 2011. Print
Steed, Bud. The Haunted Natchez Trace. Charleston, SC: Haunted America, 2012. Print

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