Seminole Justice (Friday Fictioneers)

Seminole Justice (Friday Fictioneers)

Photo Credit: Sandra Crook

Under the shade of the Execution Tree, the stoic Lighthorseman pinned a white paper heart on Pul-musky’s chest and placed a blindfold over eyes. Killing another man carried the ultimate penalty and Seminole justice was swift. In the gap between life and death, Pul-musky regretted  the night he killed John Proctor in a drunken brawl, if only for his family’s sake. His pounding heart muffled the sound of the executioner’s gun fire. With precision, the bullet hit the white paper target. Pul-musky’s blood soaked the ground, feeding the Execution Tree for the last time.

Friday Fictioneer’s is a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting this challenge and Sandra Crook for this week’s prompt

 This is the story of the last execution of a Native American by the Seminole Tribe police force, the Lighthorsemen. The Execution Tree stood in Wewoka, my Oklahoma home town. It was cut down in the 1920s but salvaged for history and now is on permanent display at the Seminole County Museum. Another symbol of justice, the Whipping Tree, still stands in front of the courthouse. Below is a photo I took during a recent visit.

Seminole Whipping Tree in front of Court House, Wewoka, OK
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

16 thoughts on “Seminole Justice (Friday Fictioneers)

      1. I read that the Seminoles practiced Mosaic law – an eye for an eye. If you killed someone, you were put to death. What was interesting is that when convicted, the prisoner was sent home for a fortnight to take care of business; he then returned on the day of execution. No one ran away. Someone wrote, “Seminoles may break the law but they never broke their word”.

    1. Thanks Keith. I felt I needed to explain the source of the story a bit, which is fascinating. If you are ever interested in learning more, Google ‘Seminole Lighthorsemen’, ‘Wewoka Whipping Tree’, ‘Wewoka Execution Tree’.

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