Alex Haley's ancestor back seven generations. He grew up in Juffure, The Gambia, and was sold into slavery when he was seventeen. As a slave, he is known as "Toby."
Omoro's half-brothers and Kunta's uncles. Legendary travelers.
An old woman in Juffure, formerly a slave. She is a midwife and tells children stories.
Omoro's mother and Kunta's grandmother.
Kunta's second master, and John Waller's brother. A doctor.
John Waller's only daughter. Doted upon by her uncle William Waller. Childhood friend of Kizzy.
A house slave and cook for William Waller. Kunta's wife.
Kunta and Bell's daughter. Grew up with the Wallers. Sold to Tom Lea when she was 16.
Kizzy's new master. Rapes her and fathers Chicken George. A cockfighter who grew up "white trash."
One of the slaves on William Waller's plantation. A friend of Kunta's.
A poor white boy who becomes the Murrays' overseer.
George Johnson's young wife.
A field slave at Tom Lea's.
The cockfighting trainer at Tom Lea's.
Kizzy's son. Also the illegitimate son of Tom Lea. A renowned cockfighter.
George and Matilda's oldest son.
George and Matilda's second son.
George and Matilda's 3rd son.
George and Matilda's 4th son. A blacksmith.
Tom Murray's wife. She is half Native American.
George and Matilda's fifth son.
George and Matilda's 6th son.
George and Matilda's 1st daughter.
George and Matilda's 2nd daughter.
Virgil's wife and Uriah's mother.
Virgil's simple-minded son.
Tom and Irene's oldest child.
One of Tom and Irene's daughters.
Tom and Irene's youngest child. Mother of Bertha; grandmother of Alex Haley.
Alex Haley's mother. Married to Simon Haley. The first in her family to go to college.
Cynthia's husband, and Bertha's father. Owns a lumber mill.
The author; Kunta Kinte's descendant by 7 generations.
The county sheriff of Alamance County, where the Murrays live.
The Wolof student who guides Alex Haley in the Gambis.
A Belgian linguist who helps Haley discern that Kunta was Mandinka.
The master who buys Tom and family from Tom Lea.