The ‘Lady in Black’ Haunts an Old Cotton Gin in Prattville Alabama

Ruins of Pratt Mill in Prattville Alabama

Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama. Prattville’s Lady in Black is one of the area’s most notorious legends. In the 1800s children often worked in factories and accidents were commonplace as well as deaths.

Willie Youngblood, a 10-year-old working in the mill, became a firsthand example of this. Youngblood fell to his death in one of the mills shafts. His mother threw herself from the dam just outside of the Pratt Mill. Her ghost is the Lady in Black.

Elmore County Alabama

Elmore County Alabama Map

Elmore County is a county of the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 79,303. Its county seat is Wetumpka. Its name is in honor of General John A. Elmore.


Fresh beef was hauled off and buried by the wagon load; barrels of corned beef remained untouched in the camp; while rice, flour, molasses and sugar were issued in larger quantities than could possibly be eaten. These were the last days of the “ Flush times of the First Alabama.”