Lew Cheney is the slave from a neighboring plantation who organizes a rebellion only to betray every person involved in the movement. He is rewarded for turning in the group, while all the other slaves involved (including many innocent slaves) are hanged. According to Solomon, Cheney is still despised by all slaves in Louisiana.
Lew Cheney Character Timeline in 12 Years a Slave
The timeline below shows where the character Lew Cheney appears in 12 Years a Slave. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.