Fences Glossary


The A&P, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, is a grocery store chain on the Eastern seaboard of the United States.

Angel Gabriel

In the Bible, the archangel Gabriel is God's messenger to earth.


Atavism is the tendency to return to an ancestral type.

Aunt Jemimah

Aunt Jemimah is a logo character used for a brand of pancakes and syrups. She is a stereotypical depiction of an Old South mammy.


Blues music is a form of music and a genre of music developed in African American communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Blues combines spirituals, gospel, and field songs into rhymed narrative ballads.


In religious folklore, hellhounds guard the gates of hell and are responsible for dragging souls into it.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was the first African American player to play in baseball's white Major Leagues in 1947.

Negro Leagues

The Negro Leagues were professional leagues of baseball for African American players before Major League baseball's integration.


The numbers is a kind of lottery game of chance.

Pearly Gates

The gates of heaven.


A penitentiary is a prison.


Pigfeet is a dish associated with Southern Style cooking and the African American soul food tradition.


The Pittsburgh Pirates are the Major League baseball team for the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Recruiting is the process of giving college scholarships to high school students to play a specific sport for that college.

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige was a pitcher in baseball's Negro Leagues. He is widely believed to be one of the best all time pitchers in baseball, though he was only able to pitch in the Major Leagues as an older player.

soft wood

Soft wood is a type of wood, such as pine wood, used for construction.


Spikes are a type of special shoe worn by athletes in order to improve foot hold on the playing field.

St. Peter

In religious folklore, St. Peter guards the gates of heaven and keeps a book with the names of all those that are to be allowed in.


A crude reference to sexual intercourse.

the World Series

The World Series is a series of championship games in Major League baseball.