March 5 1945, Lena Baker, an African-American mother of three, was electrocuted at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsyille. She was convicted for the fatal shooting of E. B. Knight, a white Cuthbert, GA mill operator she was hired to care for after he broke his leg. She was 44 and the only woman ever executed in Georgia’s electric chair.
Chapter 23: Tom is sent to a prison where if he does not win his case, he will be sent to the electric chair to be killed. Atticus explains to Jem that he will be killed because rape is a capital crime in Alabama.