Ga. Woman Pardoned 60 Years After Her Execution

Lena Baker's grave

For decades, Lena Baker was buried in an unmarked grave behind Mt Vernon Baptist Church, outside of Cuthbert, Ga. A simple headstone now designates her final resting place. Muthoni Muturi, NPR hide caption

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A black maid executed in Georgia in 1945 is being granted a pardon by the state for killing a white man she said enslaved her. Lena Baker said she acted in self-defense, but a jury of white men convicted her after a one-day trial. Baker is the only woman to have been executed in the state's electric chair. On Aug. 30, Georgia authorities will present a proclamation to her descendants, including her grandnephew Roosevelt Curry, who led the drive to clear her name.

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