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Episode 4: Frazier and Julia Baker – Florence County, South Carolina

In 1897, Frazier Baker,  became the first African American postmaster of Lake City, South Carolina. The circumstances of his lynching in 1898 shocked many in the country and galvanized the anti-lynching movement to seek federal intervention

More about Frazier and Julia Baker lynching and aftermath

“The Mob at the Lake City Post Office–An Artist’s Portrayal,” reproduced from Boston Post August 10, 1899

Collection of newspaper articles chronicling lynching of Frazier Baker and articles that covered the Federal trial. Also includes articles about Lavinia Baker’s move to Boston after the lynching

This Cruel War – Investigation into Lynching Series: Frazier Baker

Media coverage of Frazier Baker historical marker dedication ceremony, with text from speech by Dr. Chestnut

Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here