Arc of Justice

Arc of Justice


Kevin Boyle

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Hubburt DeVaughn Character Analysis

Hubburt DeVaughn is Edmund and Gilla DeVaughn’s son Remus DeVaughn’s brother. He is the uncle and great-uncle of Dora DeVaughn and the Sweet brothers Ossian, Henry, and Otis. After the DeVaughn family joins the AME Church, Hubburt becomes a minister in the late 1860s. Then, in 1873, Ossian Hart names Hubburt justice of the peace for Leon County Florida, where the DeVaughn family had been formerly enslaved. Hubburt thus represents the promise of Reconstruction to elevate the voices of Black people in politics.

Hubburt DeVaughn Quotes in Arc of Justice

The Arc of Justice quotes below are all either spoken by Hubburt DeVaughn or refer to Hubburt 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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Hubburt DeVaughn Character Timeline in Arc of Justice

The timeline below shows where the character Hubburt 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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...Hart repaid his Black supporters with a law prohibiting discrimination in public facilities and appointing Hubbert DeVaughn as the county’s first justice of the peace. (full context)