Born enslaved in Mississippi in 1862, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. She was a journalist, suffragist, advocate of racial justice, and anti-lynching activist.
In this letter to Republican Senator Henry Dawes of Massachusetts, Ida B. Wells appeals for justice in the lynching of Postmaster Frazier B. Baker and his two-year-old daughter, Julia, in South Carolina, in 1898.
More information on Ida Bell Wells-Barnett can be fond in the Rediscovering Black History blog post, The Honorable Agitator.
This post is courtesy the National Archives.
Photos, from above: Ida B. Wells Barnett, in a photograph by Mary Garrity from c. 1893; and a letter from Ida B. Wells-Barnett to Henry Dawes, 1898 courtesy National Archives.