Another of Richard’s mother’s sisters, Maggie early in the book lives in comfort in Arkansas with her husband Uncle Hoskins, a successful owner of a bar. This comfort is shattered when Hoskins is killed by whites angry at his success, and the law does nothing to respond. Later, Maggie lives in Detroit with her boyfriend named Matthews, who has escaped the South for suspicious reasons. Maggie returns to meet Richard in Memphis at the close of the memoir, and travels with him North to Chicago.
Aunt Maggie Character Timeline in Black Boy
The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Maggie appears in Black Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...shot by an angry white man in Elaine—someone who coveted his lucrative liquor business. Although Maggie wishes to go down to the bar to find out what happened, Richard’s mother urges... (full context)
...brothel finds him and carries him back home, then launches into a tirade when Aunt Maggie and Richard’s mother return from their jobs (they are once again cooking for white families... (full context)
...Granny can care for her in her own home. Various relatives arrive in Jackson: Aunt Maggie, who now lives in Detroit; Aunt Cleo (from Chicago); Uncles Clark, Edward, and Thomas from... (full context)