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Cuthbert, Georgia
Cuthbert in 2012
Cuthbert in 2012
Location in Randolph County and the state of Georgia
Location in Randolph County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Randolph
 • Total 3.06 sq mi (7.92 km2)
 • Land 3.05 sq mi (7.89 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
466 ft (142 m)
 • Total 3,143
 • Density 1,031.85/sq mi (398.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-21072
GNIS feature ID 0313227

Cuthbert is a city in, and the county seat of, Randolph County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,520 in 2019.


Cuthbert was founded by European Americans in 1831 as seat of the newly formed Randolph County, after Indian Removal of the historic tribes to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River. John Alfred Cuthbert, member of Congress, is its namesake. The county was developed for cotton plantations, the major commodity crop, and the rural area had a high proportion of enslaved African-American workers. Cuthbert was incorporated as a town in 1834 and as a city in 1859, serving as the trading center for the area. The Central of Georgia Railway arrived in Cuthbert in the 1850s, stimulating trade and growth, and providing a means of getting cotton and other crops to market.


Cuthbert is located at 31º46'15" North, 84º47'37" West (31.770726, -84.793517). The city is located along U.S. Route 27 and U.S. Route 82. U.S. Route 27 passes east of the city leading north 57 miles (92 km) to Columbus and south 112 miles (180 km) to Tallahassee, Florida. U.S. Route 82 passes through the heart of the city leading east 45 miles (72 km) to Albany and west 26 miles (42 km) to Eufaula, Alabama. Other highways that pass through the city include Georgia State Route 266 and Georgia State Route 216.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,210
1880 2,129 −3.7%
1890 2,328 9.3%
1900 2,641 13.4%
1910 3,210 21.5%
1920 3,022 −5.9%
1930 3,235 7.0%
1940 3,447 6.6%
1950 4,025 16.8%
1960 4,300 6.8%
1970 3,972 −7.6%
1980 4,340 9.3%
1990 3,730 −14.1%
2000 3,731 0.0%
2010 3,873 3.8%
2020 3,143 −18.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Cuthbert racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 485 15.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,527 80.4%
Native American 7 0.22%
Asian 16 0.51%
Pacific Islander 1 0.03%
Other/Mixed 46 1.46%
Hispanic or Latino 61 1.94%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,143 people, 1,194 households, and 839 families residing in the city.

Culture and historic district

Cuthbert is home to Andrew College (formerly Andrew Female College), a two-year private liberal arts college. The Fletcher Henderson Museum is being established in Cuthbert in honor of the 20th-century jazz musician and orchestra arranger.

The city has notable sites such as a Confederate Army cemetery, historical houses built in the 1800s, and the Fletcher Henderson home. In 2007 an announcement was made of a museum to be dedicated to late resident Lena Baker and issues of racial justice. Baker was an African-American maid who was convicted of capital murder in 1945 in the death of a white man. She had claimed self-defense, and in 2005 the state posthumously pardoned her.



The Randolph County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary, middle, and high schools. The district has 88 full-time teachers and more than 1,530 students.

  • Randolph County Elementary School
  • Randolph Clay High School
  • Albany Technical College

Higher education

  • Andrew College - Main Campus
  • Albany Technical College - Cuthbert campus

Notable people

  • Jerry Braswell Jr., former European professional basketball player and Wake Forest Demon Deacon
  • Thomas Davis, NFL player, former UGA football player
  • Harris DeVane, former stock car racing driver
  • Roosevelt Grier, former NFL player
  • Franklin A. Hart, four-star general in the United States Marine Corps
  • Donnell Harvey, former NBA player, former University of Florida player
  • Fletcher Henderson, jazz musician
  • Larry Holmes, former world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Joe, R&B singer and record producer
  • Dock J. Jordan, American lawyer, author, educator, civil rights activist; President of Edward Waters University and Kittrell College
  • George Tyler Wood, second governor of Texas
  • Richard R. Wright Jr., sociologist and president of Wilberforce University.
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