Female victim of Ga. electric chair to be honored - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Female victim of Ga. electric chair to be honored

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman ever to die in Georgia's electric chair is receiving a headstone at a dedication ceremony, more than 65 years after she was executed.

The Lena Baker dedication on Wednesday at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Cuthbert will feature lawmakers and gospel singers.

Baker, a black maid, was convicted in a 1-day trial for killing a white man in 1944 and executed a year later.

She received a pardon in 2005 after her family pointed out she likely killed the man because he was holding her against her will.

Her grand-nephew Roosevelt Curry said Baker was "somewhere around God's throne and can look down and smile" after the pardon.

The dedication comes amid renewed attention about Baker's plight. A DVD of the film "The Lena Baker Story" was also released this month.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Powered by Frankly