Centenary College of Louisiana is a private liberal arts college in Shreveport, Louisiana. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. But this isn’t the only thing Centenary College is known for. It was also the scene of a grisly crime. In 1886, when the school was still known as Centenary Collegiate Institute, an 18-year-old kitchen maid named Tillie Smith was found murdered in a field behind the school. She, tragically, entrusted her safe entrance into a building after hours to the school’s janitor. But, he betrayed her trust and brutally attacked her.
Now, poor Tillie still haunts the school. Her murder was cruel and brutal; enough to anger her spirit and make her linger on campus for centuries to follow. Her purpose on earth seems as though it isn’t finished, since there are frequent sightings of her ghost wandering the school’s halls and fields, especially past dusk. The school even named a cafe after her in her honor. At the very least, her name lives on in the cafe (Weirdnj).