Arc of Justice

Arc of Justice


Kevin Boyle

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Gilla DeVaughn Character Analysis

Gilla DeVaughn is Ossian Sweet’s great-grandmother. Born into slavery, she marries Edmund DeVaughn and has seven sons with him. Widowed before the start of the American Civil War, Gilla must raise her children alone. An early follower of the AME Church, Gilla embraces its values and teaches her children pride, thrift, and the value of hard work. Her efforts pay off when Ossian Hart appoints her son Hubburt Justice of the Peace for the county in which his family had previously been enslaved.

Gilla DeVaughn Quotes in Arc of Justice

The Arc of Justice quotes below are all either spoken by Gilla DeVaughn or refer to Gilla DeVaughn. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 2 Quotes

So the revolution had come. Eight years earlier, the DeVaughn brothers had been pieces of property. Now they were men who demanded respect: missionaries of the Word, spreading the gospel to their fellow freedmen; aspiring farmers, working to earn a share of the American dream. They were still poor, still landless, still struggling to be equal to whites in fact as well as in name. But they had come so very far, there was every reason to be hopeful […] What must have run through Gilla’s mind as she cradled her granddaughter in her leathery arms? This child wouldn’t be like her babies, who had been born into a world now dead and gone. This child would have a future all her own.

Page Number: 54
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Gilla DeVaughn Character Timeline in Arc of Justice

The timeline below shows where the character Gilla DeVaughn appears in Arc of Justice. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Ain’t No Slavery No More
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Edmond DeVaughn married an enslaved woman named Gilla in the 1840s and they had seven sons. Edmond died in 1857, and Gilla raised... (full context)