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Film dramatizes true story of Southern injustice —The Lena Baker Story recalls tragic life, death of woman in Jim Crow era

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

As a young girl in the early 1900s, Lena Baker and her mother pick cotton in rural Cuthbert, Georgia. Much to the chagrin of her mom, Baker later began working as a prostitute because she wanted to move north, but was arrested and sentenced to 10 months’ hard labor. She returned home forever changed. Now sober and a mother of three young children, Baker reunites and works with her mother doing laundry and housekeeping. When she is hired to care for Elliot Arthur, a tyrannical White man recovering from a broken leg, Baker once again finds herself in a bad situation. Continue Reading →

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