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The Lynching Project: Chattahoochee County

The Lynching of  Phillip Baker

Phillip (Will) Baker was killed on March 14th, 1936 at 35 years of age in Cussetta, Georgia. He was a black man accused of different things according to different sources. One says that he had attempted to rape a white woman, one says he had attacked two white women, and yet another says he atttacked one white woman and one black woman. No sources agree on this fact. The woman or women attacked told the cops and Baker was immediately taken into custody. Before the police could deal with him, however, he was taken from their protection by a group of around 30 to 40 enraged white men, according to the sheriff. The next morning, Baker was found on the bank of the river with a noose around his neck. His body was covered in bullet holes. A grand jury called the lynching of Phillip Baker a 'deplorable affair'. 

'A Man Was Lynched Yesterday'

In 1936, outside of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Headquarters, a flag was flown reading these words on it. This flag, although no specific date was given, is assumed to be flown immediately following Mr. Baker's lynching. The flag coupled with the jury's statement display the disbelief and frustration that surrounded lynchings in the 1930s. People were growing increasingly more discontent with the fact that people- specifically black men- were still being lynched and murdered without proof or any chance for a trial.

A Man Was Lynched Yesterday. [Place not identified: Publisher not identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

CHATTAHOOCHEE JURY DEPLORES LYNCHING. (1936, Mar 19). The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945) Retrieved from

NEGRO IS LYNCHED IN CUSSETA AREA. (1936, Mar 15). The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945) Retrieved from