1945 - A chronicle of the life of Lena Baker, the first woman to be sent to the electric chair in Georgia for the murder of her employer, who she shot after he locked her in a room & demanded sex. Baker was charged with capital murder for killing her employer, Ernest Knight. In 2005, 60 years after her execution, the Georgia Parole Board issued Baker a full and unconditional pardon.
Stagecoach Mary Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary, was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, driving her mail route by stagecoach from Cascade, Montana to St. Peter's Mission, Montana. When hired, she became the second American woman in all to work for the United States Postal Service. Born a slave circa 1832 in Hickman County, Tennessee. She was freed when American slavery was outlawed in 1865.