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A white indentured servant girl. While runaway from her master, she encounters Sethe and helps her to give birth to her daughter. Sethe names the child Denver, in honor of Amy Denver.
The master of Amy Denver, an indentured servant. A cruel man, he beats her for no good reason; as a result, Amy runs away from him.
Paul F Garner
One of the three Pauls who work on Sweet Home Plantation. After her husband's death, Mrs. Garner sells Paul F to pay the farm's debts.
Paul A Garner
Paul D's brother, who is lynched by Schoolteacher and left as a symbol for other slaves to see.
Sethe's husband and the youngest of Baby Suggs' eight sons. He hires out his work on Sundays in order to make enough money to buy his mother's freedom. He literally loses his mind when he witnesses his wife being brutalized by the nephews of Schoolteacher. No one in the novel sees him after he escapes from Sweet Home, but he supposedly dies in 1855.
A slave known as the "wild man." Although he is supposedly a 'slow learner,' Sixo discovers the workings of the Underground Railroad and begins to plan his escape with his lover, Patsy. Unfortunately, he is caught by Schoolteacher, who burns him alive. He dies smiling as he thinks about his unborn son who will be born in freedom. Paul D thinks Sixo is the bravest man he has ever known.
The Thirty-Mile Woman. She is so named because she lives on a plantation thirty miles away from her lover, Sixo. He often travels the sixty miles, there and back, in order to be with Patsy. When she escapes with Sixo, she is carrying his child.
The nephews of Schoolteacher
Two unnamed white boys, probably older adolescents. They brutalize the pregnant Sethe, stealing her milk, and then whip her so badly that her back is permanently and severely scarred. Schoolteacher never punishes them for the brutality inflicted on Sethe. One of the nephews goes on the search party to find Sethe and her children in Ohio.
A white abolitionist living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He works for the Underground Railroad and lets Baby Suggs live in his old family home in return for her labor. He also saves Sethe from being hanged for the crime of killing her daughter.
The sister to Edward Bodwin. She visits Sethe and gives her gifts and helps Denver to come out of her shell.
A one-armed slave woman whose responsibility is the nursing and care of the children of the slaveholders and the slaves. She cares for Sethe when she is a small child and tries to tell Sethe about her mother, who was on the same slave ship as Nan.
Sethe's mother whose name is never given. She survives the Middle Passage from Africa, but is raped repeatedly during the journey. She intentionally aborts all the offspring of these rapes. She finally delivers Sethe because Sethe's father is an African man. She dies by hanging, and her body is left to rot on the rope, too mutilated to be identified.
A woman who helps Sethe get to Baby Suggs when she arrives in Ohio. She spent her adolescent years imprisoned by a white man and his son, who brutalized her sexually. She organizes the rescue of Sethe in the end and prevents her from attacking Mr. Bodwin with an ice pick.
The minister of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Cincinnati, Ohio. He helps Baby Suggs in her unsuccessful attempt to locate her children by writing letters for her. He also preaches the sermon at Sethe's daughter's funeral and is the one who names her "Beloved."
The lead man on the chain gang in the Alfred, Georgia prison camp.
A black schoolteacher. She hates her light skin color because it reveals her racial mix and reminds her of her mixed heritage. She is Denver's mentor and friend and assumes responsibility for seeing that Denver becomes a fully realized human.
A schoolmate of Denver, who reveals the secrets of Denver's mother, concerning the murder and her subsequent imprisonment. He later tries to redeem with Denver.
An "agent, fisherman, boatman, tracker, savior, spy." He takes Sethe and Denver across the Ohio River and is a pillar of the African-American community in Cincinnati. He was originally named Joshua and was married to Vashti. He has devoted his life to helping those in need, especially fugitive slaves.
A white restaurant owner who gives Sethe a job as a cook.
The maid of the Bodwins, who comes to Denver's aid when she is trying to get help for Sethe.
The wife of Stamp Paid, then named Joshua. She is repeatedly forced to have sex with the slaveholder's son and dies an early death.
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