• Publication date: May 11, 2013

The Lena Baker Story

Lena Baker was the only woman in Georgia to be executed by the electric chair. Convicted of the murder of her white employer in 1945 by an all-white, male jury. Ernest Knight, her boss, was an abusive drunk who forced her into sexual slavery, despite her being a mother of three…

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 2008

MBC Max:

July 11, 2014 00:00 (KSA) ~ July 10, 2014 23:00 (CLT)

Lena Baker (Tichina Arnold) was the only woman in Georgia to be executed by the electric chair. Convicted of the murder of her white employer in 1945 by an all-white, male jury. Ernest Knight (Peter Coyote), her boss, was an abusive drunk who forced her into sexual slavery, despite her being a mother of three.

The board of Pardons and Paroles, pardoned Lena Baker posthumously; sixty years after her execution in recognition of her original plea of self-defense…

Starring:

  • Tichina Arnold as Lena Baker
  • Chris Burns as Max Arthur
  • Peter Coyote as Ernest Arthur
  • Michael Rooker as Randolph County Sheriff
  • Beverly Todd as Lena’s Mother
  • Randy McDowell as Lyle Jacobs
  • Tom Huff as Ken Thomas
  • L. Warren Young as Milton

Directed by:  Ralph Wilcox

Rating:  PG-13 for mature thematic material involving racism, violence, alcoholism, and some sexual content.