- Clay: is a 20-year-old, middle-class black man. He is college educated, and well dressed. Clay is extremely calm and well-mannered, although he finally reaches is breaking point by the end of the play. It is thought that Clay’s character is both real and symbolic. Symbolizing the real struggle of a black man.
- Lula: is a 30-year-old white woman. She is tall, slender, and has long red hair. She is described in the play as loud lipstick, bright, and skimpy summer clothes, with sandals, and sunglasses. Like Clay, Lula is also symbolic, she symbolizes "White America". Throughout the play, Lula continues to seduce and taunt Clay.
- Riders of Coach: are white and black. Although they do not play an important role until the end of the play, they are witnesses to Clay's rant, and his murder.
- Young Negro: is about 20 years old. He is described to have a couple of books under his arm. It is suggested at the end of the play that he is Lula’s next victim.
- Conductor: is portrayed as a happy spirited man, mumbling a song to himself, and swaying down the aisle to a song in his head. He does not appear until the end of play.
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