Facing Controversy: Struggling with Capital Punishment in North Carolina

1929: Electric chair, Central Prison, Raleigh, N.C.

This electric chair was in operation from 1910-1935 in Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C. During that period, 161 death row inmates were put to death by electrocution in this chair. The chair was replaced in 1935 when North Carolina switched from electrocution to lethal gas as the state's official method of execution.

(Image from "Capital Punishment in North Carolina," Special Bulletin from the North Carolina State Board of Charities and Public Welfare, Raleigh, N.C. (1929); Copy courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Electric chair, Central Prison, Raleigh, N.C.

About This Site | Manuscripts Department | North Carolina Collection | Wilson Library

UNC University Library