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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LENA BAKER RECEIVES PARDON 60 YEARS AFTER EXECUTION

Her murder trial lasted just a day, without a single witness called by her court-appointed lawyer. She was convicted and sentenced to death.

John Cole Vodicka, director of an Americus-based inmate advocacy program known as the Prison and Jail Project, said Knight had kept Ms. Baker as his “virtual sex slave.” She was his paramour, she was his mistress, and, among other things, his drinking partner. 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.

“Here is one who resisted and paid the price.”

- From Black Then (see link below)
Lena Baker Innocent of Killing White Man, E B Knight
Black Then | African American Woman Who Received Pardon 60 Years After Execution