Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sue Bennett College, London, KY

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.

6 comments:

  1. I want to go there for collage but idk. I am unsure, sorry I am anomunus. I need info.

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    1. Sue Bennett College has not been an accredited institution of higher learning since 1997, so you might want to consider some other options. My advice would be to study hard, make good grades, and look at colleges or universities that have an accredited and respected program for whatever field you wish to go into. This is a paranormal site, so I only focus on that aspect...and although tempting, making a decision concerning your education based on an institution's haunted history (or lack thereof) and not considering other factors is a huge mistake. Good luck!

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  2. I lived on the campus in a house that used to be a schoolhouse in the early 1960s when Hays was the President of the College.It was located on the land behind was was built to be the college library. My dad was the Dean there for four years. I was in 3rd grade (I think) when I was awakened in the middle of the night by someone gently lifting the covers off of me. When I opened my eyes, I saw someone standing over me just looking at me. When I called out for my father, the person straightened up and walked slowly out of the room. My father searched the house and even checked to be sure one of my older brothers had not been playing a trick on me. They were not. I'm still convinced to this day that I saw an apparition.

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  3. I'm looking to do a investigation, i have my own paranormal team, and there are 3 of us, would there be any way or how would we go by getting to investigate the college?

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    1. The college is no longer a college, but many of the original buildings have been preserved by and our the new home to the Bennett Center, which is a non-profit Christian organization. As I'm not in that immediate area, I have no idea if they are open to investigations, but they do have a website that includes contact information. Best of luck to you! http://www.bennettcenter.org/

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    2. thanks for the tip! and thanks...

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