Mother of two children: Eliza from previous marriage and Richard The three smallest ones have returned to their slums in Mumbai. She was taken to Reidsville State Prison on February 23, 1945. She worked as a maid to provide for her family. Feodor Vassilyev kept busy having children, in fact she had the world's most children ever recorded. Governor granted Baker a 60-day reprieve so that the Board of Pardons and Parole could review the case, but in January 1945 it denied Baker clemency. The town disliked their sexual relationship and the county sheriff had warned her to stay away from Knight, or risk being sent to jail. When she insisted on going home, the two began to argue, and Knight brandished an iron bar that was used to lock the door.
In 1996 while doing some research about 1940s Cuthbert, Georgia, I ran across some information about Lena Baker. In Southerntown, his acclaimed 1935 case study of the mores of rural Southern towns, Yale Sociologist John Dollard found that relationships between white men and black women were common, and apparently, at least in Baker and Knight's case, consensual. In 1945, African-American mother of three, Lena Baker, 44, was convicted of the fatal shooting of E. Sometimes bullying can be taken to a level that effects a child from even having a future because there is that poosibility they … harm themselves. Like all the other kids Baker had dreams of becoming better and living a better life getting out of poverty. Baker had been warned by the county sheriff to stay away from Knight or that she was going to be thrown in jail; too, she was afraid of physical abuse by Knight and once even Knight's son had given her a terrible beating with a warning to stay away from his father. Baker testified that she walked immediately to the house of J.
She chopped cotton, cleaned houses, and took in laundry to help support her mother and her three children. Lena was born in a former slave cabin, about five miles southwest of Cuthbert. Beverly Todd plays as Lena's mother, who's only interest was to protect her child and grandchildren the best she could. I am ready to go. The trial that followed included a jury of the victim's peers - twelve white men who all knew Knight and Baker.
I have a very strong conscience. Lena's execution date was scheduled for March 5, 1945. Lena's mother begged him to leave her alone but he wouldn't. It had since the turn of the century, and imposed legal racial segregation and second-class status. Where I was I could not overcome it. So she turned to her only option. Interment in Restlawn Memorial Park.
Data provided to our visitors is estimated and may not be accurate. Judge Worrill sentenced her to be executed. In 1944, Baker started working for Ernest Knight, an older white man who had broken his leg. Where I was I could not overcome it. The only response thus far from the Board is that it usually does not grant pardons of this kind. Baker had three children by the time she was in her forties.
. He was an abusive drunk who had forced the 44-year-old woman into a sexual relationship and sometimes held her at his place against her will. Lena soon became fed up with spending the sweltering day lying on an old bed in the gristmill. In 2005, sixty years after her execution, the state of Georgia granted Baker a full and unconditional pardon. In her murder trial testimony, Baker recounted a relationship turned increasingly violent.
Please Sign the Guestbook Jacksonville. Lena did everything she could to make Ernest happy, however nothing was good enough. I have a very strong conscience. After Baker's court-appointed counsel, W. Baker was electrocuted at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. That year Baker's grandnephew, Roosevelt Curry, requested an official pardon from the state, aided by the Georgia-based prison advocacy group, Prison and Jail Project. To understand the struggle of her everyday life, which is what made her a strong woman who came to terms with her fate.
Cuthbert- It was a special Mother's day for Lena Baker's family and Cuthbert residents, as they held a memorial service for Baker, the first woman electrocuted in the state. Events leading to Conviction Lena Baker was convicted of murdering a white man Ernest Knight which was the owner of a local gristmill. Knight, a local gristmill owner, hired her to care for him while he recovered from a broken leg. Back in the 1700's in Shuya, Russia lived with a peasant named Feodor Vassilyev who had two wives. The state prison's old death chamber in Reidsville has been restored to its original condition. Real and theoretical conspiracies When Major Powers Stage a Coup by Randall Robinson You can read any past issue of The Black Commentator in its entirety by going to the page. Just when it seems Lena may be able to forget the sorrow of her past, she is called to work for Elliot Arthur Peter Coyote , a tyrannical white man known in Cuthbert for his angry disposition and drinking.
In August 2005 Baker was pardoned posthumously by the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. This is where Baker life took a turn for the worst. The first pecan tree was brought to the county from Texas. Elizabeth Taylor's Children: Michael Howard Wilding, Jr. As the opening night premiere film for the 2008 , it sold out. She immediately reported the incident and said she had acted in.
If you read the transcript and have any understanding of black-white relations, Black women were often subjected to the sexual whims of their white masters, their white bosses, or some white man who had control over their lives or the lives of their families. Lena Baker was born in a former slave cabin, about five miles southwest of Cuthbert in Randolph County, Georgia. She claimed Knight enslaved her, locking her in his mill house for days at a time. In the end, she dies confident in the knowledge that God will judge her in a way that her fellow human beings could not. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted. I am ready to go.