Postmaster Frazier B. Baker Post Office Dedication Announced New Lake City Post Office Name Honors First African-American Postmaster

Feb 21, 2019 Issues: Congressional Issues

Columbia, S.C. – On Friday, February 22, U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn join other elected officials and Baker family representatives at the renaming of the Lake City Post Office in Lake City, South Carolina in honor of Frazier B. Baker. The new name pays tribute to the memory and courage of Frazier Baker, the first African American appointed to serve as postmaster at the Lake City Post Office in 1897, who was lynched for refusing to give up his post. This dedication ceremony takes place exactly 121 years after Baker and his infant daughter were murdered.

Congressman Clyburn sponsored legislation, H.R. 7230, designating the post office name change to right a past wrong and acknowledge the sacrifices of Frazier Baker and so many others who stood up against injustice and intolerance.

            WHO:      Congressman James E. Clyburn

                            S.C. Representative Roger K. Kirby

                            S.C. Senator Ronnie A. Saab 

                Lake City Mayor Lovith Anderson, Jr.

                Dr. Fostenia Baker, grand-niece of Frazier Baker

            WHAT:     Dedication of the Postmaster Frazier B. Baker Post Office

            WHERE:  Lake City United Methodist Church

                              229 West Main Street,

                              Lake City, South Carolina

            WHEN:      Friday, February 22, 2019

                  11:00 a.m.

To RSVP and receive additional information related to the event, please email Rachel Stein at rachel.stein@mail.house.gov.