Place:Carrollton, Pickens, Alabama, United States

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NameCarrollton
TypeTown
Coordinates33.261°N 88.094°W
Located inPickens, Alabama, United States
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Carrollton is a town in Pickens County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 987. The city is the county seat of Pickens County.

The Pickens County Courthouse in the center of Carrollton was erected in 1877. The first courthouse in Carrollton was burned on April 5, 1865 by troops of Union General John T. Croxton. A second courthouse was also destroyed by fire on November 16, 1876. Though arson was suspected, no arrest was made until January 1878 when Henry Wells, an African American with a criminal history, was arrested and locked in the garret of the new building. According to legend, Wells was peering down from the north garret window with his face pressed against the glass as a mob gathered to hang him. A bolt of lightning struck the window pane and "etched" Wells' anguished face into the window glass. A vague image resembling a face can still be seen in that lower right-hand pane of that window.

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