Playing in Atlanta this weekend is a film based on a dark episode of Georgia history.
The Lena Baker Story is based on events in the life of Lena Baker, who, in 1944, shot and killed her employer whom she claimed held her captive against her will. The racial climate of the day led to a too swift conviction of capital murder and a death sentence. Baker was executed on March 5, 1945, becoming the first and, to date, only woman to be executed by the state of Georgia.
The Lena Baker Story was filmed in Colquit, Georgia by an independent production company and stars Tichina Arnold. Most may remember her as Martin Lawrence’s nemesis on the TV comedy Martin, and as Chris Rock’s mom on Everybody Hates Chris; but reviews of the film say that she is delivers a riveting dramatic performance in this film. Arnold and the film’s key actors, including local actor Chris Burns, will attend tonight’s red carpet opening at Movies ATL. Check the theatre’s website for showtimes and location.
More information on the film and Lena Baker can be found on the film’s website.
The book on which the film is based, The Lena Baker Story, is available through PINES. Ask your librarian for assistance.