Treasure Oral History

Baker has interviewed more than twenty-five children and grandchildren of former Wessyngton slaves (ranging in age from 80 to 107) during his thirty plus years of research. In poignant histories, they shared firsthand accounts of their ancestors with him.

He has also interviewed descendants of the plantation owners. Many of their stories are remarkably similar.

Baker continues to meet new friends and relatives with ties to Wessyngton.

Joseph Washington

Ann Nixon Cooper (1902-2009) on her 100th birthday. Her aunt-in-law, Joyce Washington Nixon, who raised her, was born a slave on Wessyngton Plantation during the Civil War. President Barack Obama recognized Mrs. Cooper in his acceptance speech on November 4, 2008.









Joseph Washington (1895-2002) on his 102nd birthday.
Joseph was born at Wessyngton Plantation in a former
slave cabin. His father Gabriel Washington was the
last Washington slave who remained on the plantation
after emancipation.




John Baker presents Mrs. Cooper with an autographed copy of The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation while on book tour in Atlanta. Mrs. Cooper also signs copy of the book for Baker.