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Song of Solomon | Characters

Character Description
Milkman Dead Milkman Dead, the son of a wealthy black man, searches for and finds his ancestral past and true identity. Read More
Pilate Dead Pilate Dead, the aunt of Milkman Dead, befriends her nephew and helps him connect with his ancestral past. Read More
Macon Dead, Jr. Macon Dead, Jr. is a wealthy businessman whose greed for money overpowers his personal relationships. Read More
Guitar Guitar is Milkman's best friend, and his hatred of white racists leads him down destructive paths. Read More
Hagar Hagar, the spoiled granddaughter of Pilate, becomes obsessed with Milkman. Read More
Ruth Foster Dead Ruth Foster Dead, the wife of Macon Dead, forms unnatural attachments to her father and son. Read More
Macon Dead I Macon Dead I, born with the name Jake, is the grandfather of Milkman; he develops a thriving farm only to be cheated out of it. Read More
Circe Circe, the maid for the Butler family, hides Macon and Pilate.
Corinthians Dead Corinthians Dead, the sister of Milkman Dead, struggles against becoming a spinster.
Lena Dead Lena Dead, sister of Milkman Dead, becomes bitter toward her brother.
Dr. Foster Dr. Foster is the father of Ruth Foster Dead and secretly despises most black people.
Freddie Freddie is the neighborhood snoop who discovers Ruth nursing four-year-old Milkman.
Grace Grace is a friend who is visiting Susan when Milkman comes to Susan's to ask about his family.
Heddy Heddy, Sing's mother and Susan's grandmother, took care of Jake after his father left.
Henry Porter Henry Porter is a tenant of Macon Dead and gets romantically involved with Corinthians.
Michael-Mary Graham Michael-Mary Graham is a wealthy white spinster and poet who hires Corinthians as her maid.
Nephew Known only as nephew, the 13-year-old nephew of Reverend Cooper drives Milkman to the Butler house to find Circe.
Reba Reba, the daughter of Pilate Dead, is so lucky she wins things without trying.
Reverend Cooper Reverend Cooper is a resident of Danville who confirms the story of Jake's losing his farm to the Butlers.
Ryna Ryna, the great-grandmother of Milkman, goes insane when her husband abandons her.
Sing Sing, the wife of Jake, is part Native American and dies when giving birth to Pilate.
Robert Smith Robert Smith is an insurance agent who jumps off a hospital roof in an attempt to fly.
Solomon Solomon, the great-grandfather of Milkman, flies by riding the wind to Africa, thereby abandoning his wife and children.
Empire State A seemingly mentally handicapped man who Freddie says Guitar has been helping avoid the police.
Susan Susan is Sing's niece whom Milkman visits in Shalimar to learn about his family.
Sweet Sweet is Milkman's lover in Shalimar.
Hospital Tommy Hospital Tommy is one of the owners of Tommy's Barbershop.
Railroad Tommy Railroad Tommy is one of the owners of Tommy's Barbershop.
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