Facing racial harassment from those not wanting free blacks settling in the area, Baker stood his ground. Some legends say he was protected by voodoo magic, others say it was the spirit of the city that shielded him and his friends.
For whatever reason, he and the other freedmen who settled near him thrived.
Could the mysterious powers associated with the silver minerals from Mount Kirby have some association with Hiram and those around him? Was that the real "voodo"? Did Hiram find or build a hidden passageway and perhaps mine some of the silver, thus explain his modest wealth? Finally, like the Silver Agent, did an offspring of Hiram or one of his friends, somehow become affected by the strange minerals. Could Mister Cakewalk be that special offspring?