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Friday, September 7, 2012

Haunted Alabama - Boyington Oak

Location: Mobile, Alabama, USA

Some time in the early 1800s, a man named Charles Boyington and his good friend, Nathaniel Frost, liked to spend some of their afternoons in the Church Street Graveyard on Bayou Street. It is unknown why they spent time here, but the two would always be remembered by this location. Nathaniel Frost was found one day stabbed to death in the cemetery. Since authorities had no other evidence, it was assumed that Boyington killed Frost, since they went there so often. Boyington pleaded his innocence and said that he hadn't committed the crime. However, the police were not convinced, and Boyington was sentenced to death. In February of 1835, the day that was to be the execution of Boyington, he proclaimed that a mighty oak would rise from his grave as proof that he was innocent. Charles Boyington was hanged and buried in a portion of the Church Street Graveyard. As proclaimed, an oak tree sprout from his grave. The oak tree still stands today, and it is known as Boyington Oak. Many claim that when the wind blows through the branches, you can hear the voice of Charles Boyington crying his innocence.

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