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Galveston “Lady in Black” Haunted Tour

With a floral veil on her head and a lantern in her hand, the Lady in Black has guided guests over the rugged paths of a Galveston cemetery more than 1,000 times.

GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston is considered by many to be one of the most haunted cities in the country.

This week, KHOU 11 met a woman on the island who is on a mission to keep this story alive.

“I’m going to be your tour guide tonight,” said the Lady in Black. “I know you see me almost every night, and I brought some friends with me tonight and I would like you to welcome them.”

With a floral veil on her head and a lantern in her hand, the Lady in Black has guided guests more than a thousand times along the rugged paths of this Galveston cemetery.

“Friendly touching is allowed, as is talking to us,” she says. “So please if you want to contact us you can. We are open to that.

As if talking to old friends, the Lady in Black tells the spirits that they can make themselves known.

“Sometimes in the past she jerked off to my purse,” she said. “So you can do that again Elsie. And you know I feel bad for you. If you need to tell me anything or if you need to touch me, you can.

Elsie, who the Lady says murdered her children before taking her own life in the late 1800s, is one of the most active spirits in the cemetery, she says.

“I saw a full appearance of Elsie,” she said. “I was with a tour group and we all saw it.”

“The reason you have spirits is, number one, they don’t know they’re dead. Second, they have unfinished business,” the Lady said.

And the Lady says there are many.

“Watching the Mardi Gras parade go by when her husband goes under the balcony with a gun and shoots her. That’s why we put Mardi Gras beads on her grave to let her know she’s not forgotten “, she said.

Not all are relegated to granite and marble, she says.

“This island is haunted from one end to the other,” she said.

The Lady says she has been drawn to the paranormal since she was a child.

“Since I was little,” she said. “I was seeing and experiencing spirits. And I tried to talk to my mom about it, she didn’t want to hear about it. She told me to go talk to my grandmother who had seen similar things. She explained to me that they were deceased people and that I had a gift like her.

Although we have not been able to confirm the Lady’s gift of seeing the dead during this visit, we can testify to her gift as a storyteller.

“We have a very unusual story,” she said. “And a special story that I feel.”

The Lady in Black continues the chilling history of the island, one story at a time.

If you want to explore the paranormal side of the island, here is a list of ghost tour operators in Galveston: