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Association seeks haunted history

Published 11:53am Thursday, May 2, 2013

An Alabama organization is looking to document the paranormal background of the state’s most historical battlegrounds.

The Alabama Paranormal Association has already made stops in Bridgeport and Selma, and it’s set to visit the site of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Virginia Brown, research associate with the APA, said the organization is visiting Horseshoe Bend to gather information.

“We have researched battle sites – primarily from the Civil War – in Alabama, and we’re going to as many of the significant ones as we can,” Brown said. “We go to have town meetings, do an investigation – not a full-blown investigation. We will be using recorders and EMS [Electromagnetic Spectrum meters] meters, cameras and shooting video.”

Brown said the APA has been visiting Alabama battle sites to gather stories and history for a book titled Haunted Alabama Battlefields, which documents the paranormal backgrounds of the sites.

“We have researched each of the battles to get pertinent names that might be associated with the battles. We have done Bridgeport already, we’re doing Decatur this weekend, and we’ve done Selma,” Brown said. “We’re trying to get these all lined up to do one just about every weekend through June.”

The APA is set to visit Horseshoe Bend National Military Park May 11, and Brown said the group is currently planning a town meeting prior to that in order to learn about stories and legends of the area from the community itself.

“In the town meetings, we’re just hoping to meet people and gather information. It’s amazing what local people can tell you and what they know about the area and the history,” Brown said. “They collect things and just provide a wealth of information, so we look for the opportunity to talk to local people.”

For more information on the APA or the upcoming visit, call 256-682-4156 or go to