George Cully

On September 27, 1897, as the season’s cotton crop was being harvested, George Cully watched as Dick Carr was paid for his load of cotton in Muskogee. Cully, who was Black, then waited for Carr to return to his remote farm in Choska, robbing and killing him as he traveled.

Cully was arrested shortly after. In addition to killing Carr, Cully was linked to the murder of a shopkeeper in Miami a few days earlier.

On trial in federal court in Muskogee, Cully was found guilty of murder on October 28, 1897, and sentenced to death on December 24.

George Cully was hanged in Muskogee on July 21, 1899.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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