Today Kathryn Tucker Windham was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame. Windham became known to the world for her Alabama ghost stories and Jeffrey, a ghost with whom she shared a house in Selma. There is probably not a child in the south who has not read or heard at least one of her ghost stories. Starting with 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey in 1969, Windham published eight books about Southern ghosts and Jeffrey. They are a late October favorite for children around Halloween. However, Windham was more than a writer of ghost stories, she was a photographer, journalist, and radio personality. She was featured on National Public Radio’s All things Considered in 1987 and later hosted her own feature on Alabama Public Radio. In her lifetime she published 29 books of stories. Her last was 2009's She: The Old Woman Who Took Over My Life. In 1978 she founded the Alabama Tale Tellin Festival which is held each year in Selma. Windham was born June 2, 1918 and passed away on June 12, 2011. For years Windham was a mainstay at the Kentuck Festival in Northport, Ala., where I had a chance to photograph her doing what she loved best- telling stories to wide-eyed children and adults alike. To hear Ms. Windham speak about ghost stories, click the Youtube link below.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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