The Only Woman Electrocuted in Georgia's Electric Chair Such is the story of Lena Baker, an African-American mother of three, who was electrocuted at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. She was convicted for the fatal shooting of E. B. Knight, a white Cuthbert, Georgia mill operator she was hired to care for after he broke his leg. She was 44 and the only woman ever executed in Georgia’s electric chair. For Baker, a Black maid in the segregated south in the 1940’s, her story was a t...

The Only Woman Electrocuted in Georgia's Electric Chair Such is the story of Lena Baker, an African-American mother of three, who was electrocuted at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. She was convicted for the fatal shooting of E. B. Knight, a white Cuthbert, Georgia mill operator she was hired to care for after he broke his leg. She was 44 and the only woman ever executed in Georgia’s electric chair. For Baker, a Black maid in the segregated south in the 1940’s, her story was a t...

Civil rights protest, Virginia State University Petersburg, Va., 1960.

Civil rights protest, Virginia State University Petersburg, Va., 1960.

Noone who sees the photo soon forgets it: A small boy, about 3 years old, dressed in a child-sized Ku Klux Klan robe and pointed hat, reaches out to touch his reflection in a riot shield as the African-American trooper holding the shield looks down at him. It was a fleeting moment away from the main action during a Barrow County Ku Klux Klan group’s rally on Sept. 5, 1992, in downtown Gainesville, and just before the little boy’s mother pulled him away. (Photo: Todd Robertson)

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Noone who sees the photo soon forgets it: A small boy, about 3 years old, dressed in a child-sized Ku Klux Klan robe and pointed hat, reaches out to touch his reflection in a riot shield as the African-American trooper holding the shield looks down at him. It was a fleeting moment away from the main action during a Barrow County Ku Klux Klan group’s rally on Sept. 5, 1992, in downtown Gainesville, and just before the little boy’s mother pulled him away. (Photo: Todd Robertson)

“THE OLD ONES SAY THE NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN WILL LEAD THE HEALING AMONG THE TRIBES. INSIDE THEM ARE THE POWERS OF LOVE AND STRENGTH GIVEN BY THE MOON AND THE EARTH. WHEN EVERYONE ELSE GIVES UP, IT IS THE WOMEN WHO SINGS THE SONGS OF STRENGTH. SHE IS THE BACKBONE OF THE PEOPLE. SO, TO OUR WOMEN WE SAY, SING YOUR SONGS OF STRENGTH; PRAY FOR YOUR SPECIAL POWERS; KEEP OUR PEOPLE STRONG; BE RESPECTFUL, GENTLE, AND MODEST.” -VILLAGE WISE MAN, LAKOTA

“THE OLD ONES SAY THE NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN WILL LEAD THE HEALING AMONG THE TRIBES. INSIDE THEM ARE THE POWERS OF LOVE AND STRENGTH GIVEN BY THE MOON AND THE EARTH. WHEN EVERYONE ELSE GIVES UP, IT IS THE WOMEN WHO SINGS THE SONGS OF STRENGTH. SHE IS THE BACKBONE OF THE PEOPLE. SO, TO OUR WOMEN WE SAY, SING YOUR SONGS OF STRENGTH; PRAY FOR YOUR SPECIAL POWERS; KEEP OUR PEOPLE STRONG; BE RESPECTFUL, GENTLE, AND MODEST.” -VILLAGE WISE MAN, LAKOTA

Pvt. Nathan Hawkins Sprague, Co. D - The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Pvt. Nathan Hawkins Sprague, Co. D - The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment

This is awesome. Overcame sexism, racism, and war to improve the understanding of science. :)

A great woman…

This is awesome. Overcame sexism, racism, and war to improve the understanding of science. :)

The Real Django:  This is the actual man on which the movie D’Jango is loosely based.  His name is Dangerfield Newby, and he was a member of the John Brown party . He joined to save his wife and children, Harriet. Their love story was real, and you all should check out their narrative and love letters.

The Real Django: This is the actual man on which the movie D’Jango is loosely based. His name is Dangerfield Newby, and he was a member of the John Brown party . He joined to save his wife and children, Harriet. Their love story was real, and you all should check out their narrative and love letters.

September 15, 1963 · Birmingham, Alabama Virgil Lamar Ware, 13, was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bicycle when he was fatally shot by white teenagers. The white youths had come from a segregationist rally held in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.

September 15, 1963 · Birmingham, Alabama Virgil Lamar Ware, 13, was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bicycle when he was fatally shot by white teenagers. The white youths had come from a segregationist rally held in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.

Because they endured, you have opportunities that they couldn't even imagine...because of their strength, you live black child.

Because they endured, you have opportunities that they couldn't even imagine...because of their strength, you live black child.

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