Avery Center screens documentary on lynching, 'An Outrage,' on Tues. Oct. 10

How history echoes

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Next Tues. Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture presents a free screening of documentary film, An Outrage, as part of the College of Charleston's Race and Social Justice Initiative. Following the 33-minute film, there will be a discussion with the filmmakers, Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren; Dr. Willie Griffin, professor of History at the Citadel; and Dr. Mari Crabtree, professor of African American Studies at CofC. While the event is free to attend, registration is encouraged.

An Outrage first premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. this March. In April the film won the festival-wide Audience Award at Columbia, S.C.'s Indie Grits Festival. And starting this fall An Outrage will be available for free to teachers through the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, an anti-bias education program.

Mrs. Baker and her children after the lynching of her husband and Lake City postmaster, Frazier B. Baker. - PROVIDED
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  • Mrs. Baker and her children after the lynching of her husband and Lake City postmaster, Frazier B. Baker.
An Outrage was filmed at lynching sites in six different states, including in Lake City, S.C., about 90 miles from Charleston. The lynching in Lake City took place in 1897, when Frazier B. Baker was appointed by President McKinley to be postmaster of Lake City, the first African American to hold the position. Angry white residents threatened Baker and his family. When he refused to step down a mob killed Baker and his infant daughter Julia. Baker's great niece, Dr. Fostenia Baker, appears in the film to reflect on lynching and its meaning for her family.

Ayers and Warren acknowledge that An Outrage is timely in the light of recent debates surrounding Confederate flags and monuments. “An Outrage reveals the long, unbroken tradition of white supremacy in America — as expressed by extremist organizers as well as community complacency — and how its history echoes for the families of the thousands of victims of racial terror,” says Ayers.

Learn more about the film and its surrounding initiatives at an-outrage.com.




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