Local 'Haunted' Places

Many of the stories we recount as ghost stories have their roots in a factual event. In fact, the South perhaps has more ghost stories than any other part of the country.

Dr. Alan Brown, author of the book "Haunted Meridian, Mississippi," tells us, "People have suffered mightily down here, and they tend to record the tragedies of the past through their folklore, through their legends, and many of the violent deaths that occurred here are memorialized in ghost stories."

Ghost stories have turned into reality for many people who have wandered through the Temple Theater at night.

"There was a lady who said she was walking through the theater at night in the auditorium on the first floor," Dr. Brown recounts. "She felt like someone was watching her. She turned around, and on the balcony above the east doorway she saw a man in a top hat."

The rich history contained within historic buildings has led to a growing search for paranormal activity. One of the most numerous tales of ghosts is contained within the Temple Theater, and one of the best known locations is underneath this very stage.

"I have seen a person in here at night after the theater was closed, and I brought the police in to help me locate the guy," says Roger Smith, manager of the Temple Theater. "We were here for three hours. We looked in the attic. We had dogs, nothing, and it was not an apparition; it was a person."

On Wednesday, Newscenter 11 will detail the supposed haunting of Rose Hill Cemetery and Stuckey's Bridge.


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