Zora Neale Hurston

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Free George Character Analysis

An African-American preacher who converts Cudjo and the other residents of Africatown to Christianity, and induces them to build their own church. Free George is one of Africatown’s only links to surrounding black communities, who often scorn the residents for their adherence to their native customs and refusal to assimilate into Anglo-American society.

Free George Quotes in Barracoon

The Barracoon quotes below are all either spoken by Free George or refer to Free George. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Amistad edition of Barracoon published in 2018.
Chapter 7 Quotes

When we at de plantation on Sunday we so glad we ain’ gottee no work to do. So we dance lak in de Afficky soil. De American colored folks, you unnerstand me, dey say we savage an den de laugh at us […] Free George, he come to us and tell us not to dance on Sunday. Den he tell us whut Sunday is. We doan know whut is is before […] Den we doan dance no mo’ on de Sunday.

Related Characters: Kossula / Cudjo Lewis (speaker), Free George
Page Number: 62
Explanation and Analysis:
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Free George Character Timeline in Barracoon

The timeline below shows where the character Free George appears in Barracoon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...laugh at them, saying that they are “savage.” However, a black preacher and ex-slave called Free George visits the plantation and talks to the villagers, explaining the Christian importance of Sunday and... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...of the surrounding black community ostracizes the residents of Africatown, calling them “ig’nant savage.” However, Free George visits the village often, encouraging to adopt Christianity. The villagers don’t want to worship with... (full context)