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Haunted Carolina

By Liz White,, 803-777-2848 

The nurse in DeSaussure College. Duel victims in Stewards Hall. McKissick Museum’s old janitor. Even J. Rion McKissick himself.

These are a few of the figures who continue to make appearances across campus – at least according to legends – and during the university’s ghost tours. Some are friendly, others not so much.

Every year around Halloween, University Ambassadors volunteer to take groups of students across the historic campus to share haunted Carolina stories and, of course, a little history. Though the stories are based on the university's historical roots, they do not claim to be historical fact.

This year, with more than 300 participants and 28 guides, students walked from the Horseshoe to the Russell House, making other stops in between, for some spooky fun on a chilly All Hallows Eve.

“Designed to be fun and to create community among USC students, the ambassadors shared a little history and possibly some folklore about the spirits who some believe walk our campus,” says Denise Wellman, director of the USC Visitor Center. “Best of all, it provided an opportunity to check another item off on the now famous Bucket List.”

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Posted: 10/31/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/31/12 @ 3:40 PM | Permalink



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