Live Local: Haunted Books and a forgotten tombstone at East Biloxi Public Library

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Lace up your shoes and take a stroll with News 25’s Lorraine Weiskopf in today’s edition of ‘Live Local,’ a series you can catch here on News 25 on Thursdays.

Today we visit the Biloxi Library on Howard Avenue where they have plenty of spooky stories.

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In a glass display sits nine reportedly haunted books from the 1840s. Biloxi Library Historian Jane Shambra said, “About six years ago a gentleman came into the library and said I have a donation. If you want it you might want to think about it. He came and talked to me and told me this story.”

The books were found in the Father Ryan House. He and his family would move around with the books and he claimed a ghost with long hair and a flowing gown would visit them. “We had the option of not taking them, but it was just the coolest story ever and it’s probably one of the oldest things in our collection as well.”

No one was seen the book ghost since they arrived. “Why haven’t we seen ghosts? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because she’s content that her books are in a library which is the perfect place to put her things.”

Yet some still believe that they’re haunted especially after a paranormal team visited the library and Shambra asked an investigator to validate their credibility. “Can you tell me where they are at least and when she pointed to the shelves above where the books are.”

There’s more than just haunted books hidden in the library’s archives, there’s even a forgotten tombstone discovered by contractors when they were demolishing the Yankie Stadium. “He calls and goes what is going on here. There’s a tombstone. Is anyone buried here. Am I going to mess something up and what a relief it got left behind.”

The tombstone was actually a family memento left behind by a caretaker of the stadium that lived there. The tombstone was being transported to a thrift store to be sold before being rescued by the library. “We discovered we could actually acquire it. So, we went over there, got it, and put it in our archives room for safe keeping.”

Live Local is made possible through the support of the Biloxi Library System. Tune in next Thursday as News 25 continues highlighting places of interest along the Coast.