The Pickens County Courthouse in Carrollton, Alabama is the courthouse for Pickens County, Alabama. It is famous for a ghostly image that can be seen in one of its windows, claimed to be the face of Henry Wells, who allegedly was falsely accused of burning down the town's previous courthouse and was lynched in 1878.
Spreading the Story:
Although the story was popular locally almost immediately, the story of the face in the courthouse window became widely known throughout the southeastern United States due to Kathryn Tucker Windham’s famous book of Alabama ghost stories, 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. The story is also presented in Phantom Army of the Civil War and Other Southern Ghost Stories, edited by Frank Spaeth, and Ghost Stories from the American South, edited by W.K. McNeil.
In 2009 a play about the events surrounding Henry Wells and the burning of the second Courthouse was commissioned from playwright Barry Bradford by First National Bank of Central Alabama. Beginning in April 2010 the play - "The Face in the Courthouse Window" - has been done each Spring in the courtroom of the Courthouse. All proceeds from the play go toward preservation of the Courthouse.