The Alabama Street Presbyterian Church located in Selma, Alabama acquired its own ghost in the late in the spring during the month of May, 1900. Its presence baffled the police as sweet strains of music came from the church in the late night hours.
One evening two police officers were on their way to report for the late night duty shift. It was just a little past the hour when graveyards begin to yawn and spectral beings are supposed to walk upon the Earth. As the policemen passed along in front of the Alabama Street Presbyterian Church they began to hear the church organ begin to play. It was the sweetest sounds mortal man had ever listened to. The men stopped in their tracks at the gate leading into the church yard.
At first the officers thought the sounds were coming from the adjoining house, but on going around to the side window it was quite evident that the organ in the church was the instrument from which came the wonderful music flowed.
The police officers astounded, yet charmed with the music that seemed to come from the Heavens, went around to the front door and suddenly heard the soft strains turned into that familiar hymn “Nearer My God to Thee.” The officers shook the handles of the front door determined to find the source of the strange by enchanting music. Suddenly the music stopped and all was silent.
This was not the first time that the music had been reported in the ‘dead of the night'. It was told that the sweet music had been heard on several occasions. One officer noted that he was passing the church about midnight when he heard a noise coming from the little verandah of the church. He went in the yard and was about to make an investigation when a whirling sound passed by him—leaving a hot breath on his cheek and striking the fence a few yards off, breaking several palings loose from the fence where they were discovered the next morning.
Do sounds of the angels and organ music still fill this neighborhood? In 1906 a new brick building replaced the old church. Today it is housed by the Lord’s Tabernacle of Praise. Listen and you will hear!
Haunted Places Examiner Debe Branning firstname.lastname@example.org