Eliza, known to her owners as Dradey, is the mother of Randall and Emily. She was the slave-turned-mistress of a rich man who gave her a plush life and promised her eventual freedom. However, the man’s estranged wife and daughter hated Eliza and secretly sold her to James Burch. Eliza is quickly separated from her children, as she is sold to William Ford, while Randall is sold to another master, and Emily is deemed “not for sale” by the cruel slave trader Theophilus Freeman. Eliza spends the remainder of her life stricken with grief, which later is the cause of her death.
Eliza Berry Character Timeline in 12 Years a Slave
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...including one named Theophilus Freeman, board the ship. Freeman takes over Burch’s slaves, including Solomon, Eliza, a slave named Harry, and several others. He coarsely informs Solomon that he is now... (full context)
...unsafe for swine, or unthinking slave children” to walk along its banks. Solomon runs into Eliza, who has withered away and “sunk beneath the weight of an excessive grief.” Solomon can... (full context)