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Maya and Bailey’s uncle. He lives with Momma Henderson and has been paralyzed since the age of three.
The children’s nearly white maternal grandmother. She is a precinct leader with ties to a shady underworld of characters.
An invalid who dies a few years after Maya returns to Stamps.
Tutti, Tom, Ira & Billy
Vivian’s brothers. They are a tough lot. When Maya is raped by Freeman, they kick the offender to death.
A poorly educated but successful property owner married to Vivian. He is the nearest thing to a real father in Maya’s life.
A former boyfriend to Vivian. He rapes eight year old Maya and is killed by her uncles.
Mrs. Bertha Flowers
Momma’s refined friend who helps Maya rediscover her self-esteem through books.
Maya’s first employer. She is a barren white woman whose husband has two children with a black mistress. Maya dislikes her when she tries to change Maya’s name for her convenience.
Daddy Bailey’s girlfriend. She is jealous of Maya and attacks her with a pair of scissors.
Maya’s first real friend.
Maya’s first admirer. He unknowingly reawakens Maya’s trauma of rape.
A sexually mature girl who seduces Bailey but breaks his heart by running away with a railway porter.
The leader of the junkyard commune Maya joins after running away.
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