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Glenn Allen Knoblock

was a native of South Carolina. Baker was likely born enslaved, but nothing is known of his early life. In 1880, at the age of twenty-two, he was living in Effingham, South Carolina, with his eighteen-year old wife Lavinia and earned a living as a farmer. Nearly two decades later Baker's life, and that of his family, would be turned upside down and end in tragedy as a result of a political appointment following the presidential election of 1896.

By 1897Frazier and Lavinia Baker were living in Lake City, South Carolina, their family having grown to include six children, daughters Cora, Rosa, Sara and newborn Julia, and sons Lincoln and William. In the spring of 1897Frazier Baker received a political appointment from the newly elected president, William McKinley as postmaster of the predominantly white community of Lake City How Baker gained ...


Charles Rosenberg

lynching victim, is known to history primarily because he came to the rescue of two women who were being threatened with rape in Milan, Georgia, in 1919. He killed one of the assailants and was lynched soon after, because he was of visible African descent and the would-be rapists were men considered “white.” Like many people known for one event in or ending an otherwise unnoticed life, little else about him is documented.

His family appears to have lived since the Civil War, and likely earlier, in south-central Georgia, in the counties of Dooly, Twiggs, Dodge, and Telfair. The last two counties divide the town of Milan. He is most likely the son of Jackson and Susan Washington, farm laborers in Twiggs County, near the Gordon post office. Almost certainly Washington, his parents, and all but the youngest two of his seven siblings had been enslaved.

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