Prattvilles Lady in Black is a lot more than just folklore to the people that live in the area and have visited the old gin.
To them, she is very real and has been seen numerous times by thousands of people over the last several decades.
In fact, there are stories of her being seen even in the year 2019 by several people, including my daughter and son-in-law.
The history of Prattvilles Lady in Black all centers on the old Pratt Cotton Gin that is standing today in Prattville, Alabama.
This small but very update, modern, and growing town in located in Autauga and Elmore County, and by some it is considered a northern suburb of Montgomery.
It is about 15 minutes north of Montgomery.
The old Pratt Cotton Gin was the creation of Daniel Pratt who was an American industrialist who pioneered and opened many doors.
The doors he opened included not only Prattville, but Birmingham’s Pratt City, both of whom are named after him.
He was involved in several industrial ventures with partners, but in 1833 he decided to go it on his own and moved to Central Alabama.
He brought with him enough material to construct 50 cotton gins, and leased land along a creek in Autauga County.
In 1836 he began to manufacture cotton gins and then decided to move further up the creek, where he built a permanent cotton gin factory in 1838.
There he founded a new town, and this is where the Prattvilles Lady in Black story begins to emerge.
This operation become so successful, it soon became the largest producer of cotton gins in the world, and Alabama ‘s first major industry.
To keep this business thriving in a small but growing town like Prattville, you needed a lot of workers.
Because the area was still small, the gin started to hire young boys, which was common for the times.
Now the Prattvilles Lady in Black story will really start to unfold.
One of the young men that were hired to work in this thriving cotton mill business was named Willie Youngblood.
Like several other young men in the area, he was ecstatic to be working and making money to help his family.
But there were dangers working in a cotton mill, as it had different levels, and to accommodate all the materials going up and down, it had an elevator.
One afternoon while Willie was working, he got too close to the empty elevator shaft, and slipped and fell.
When he finally hit the ground, the impact killed him.
His mother was so upset and distraught that she spent the entire next year grieving for her dead son.
There is a dam right next to the cotton mill that is still there today, and what happens next sets the final stage for Prattvilles Lady in Black.
Almost a year after her sons fall to death in the elevator shaft, so could no longer take the misery.
So, she made the fateful decision to join her son in death, and she flung herself off the dam to the rocks below and died instantly.
Even though they have both been dead now for decades, it appears that their spirits have never left the mill.
There have been thousands of reports by several people including factory workers and security guards at the old mill that have seen their apparitions.
There have been some reports of sightings of a ghost like figure of a boy wandering in the gin.
However, the vast majority of all of the sightings are of Prattvilles Lady in Black.
Willie’s mother is wearing the traditional black clothes for mourning and can be seen wandering through the machine floor.
There were reports when the plant was still operating, that as many as 50 workers saw her all at the same time; always dressed in black.
To a person, they say she looks lost and is wandering looking for her son.
She is never mean or threatening, she just looks lost.
In fact, the paranormal show known as “Deep South Paranormal” also reported to have seen her.
The evidence that they gathered showed an apparition, dressed in all black, moving across a piece of land, right next to the dam.
While many people many do not believe in haunting's, to the people of this area, Prattvilles Lady in Black is very, very real.
Alabama Gift Store
Numerous Items for You and Your Family to Enjoy
See it here at the Gift Store
Copyright 2019-2023 Alabamabackroads.com
All Rights Reserved