Isabel (Belle) Harris Bennett (b.1852) founded the college for minorities in 1897 and named it the Sue Bennett Memorial School (later Sue Bennett College) in honor of her deceased older sister, Sue Bennett.
Belle was big in the woman's suffrage movement, and also in Methodist education. She also helped found the Scarritt Bible and Training School in Missouri, which later relocated to Tennessee. She also helped found a few more schools, and even had one in Rio de Jinero named after her. She died in 1922 in Richmond, KY.
The school closed in 1997 after it lost accreditation and funding due to financial and administrative problems (despite a fundraiser by Oprah Winfrey, hehe). Part of it is now the Bennett Center, which houses a branch of the local YMCA among other things. Its also been added to the National Register of Historical Places.
Shadowlands Description of Hauntings:
London - Sue Bennett College - they say the dorms and the theater are haunted and that Belle Bennett roams the halls all night playing the piano’s turning off and on lights and watching people sleep that still stay there if you go in your sure to find something.
Theresa's Note: In the comment section of another haunted locations listing, a former student also shared information on a suicide that ocurred on the 2nd floor of Helm Hall. The apparition of the young lady who hung herself in that dorm is reported to have been seen more often than Belle.