Booker Taliaferro Washington - This person was born a slave just before the Civil War and chose a last name in school. This individual has a thirst for knowledge and, as a young person, worked in salt furnaces and coal mines.
General Samuel S. Armstrong - This influential, dedicated person is a source of inspiration to the main character. This individual never ceases to work for the betterment of fellow blacks and is just as interested in helping the poor whites in the South.
Miss Mary F. Mackie - This person is a head teacher who offers the main character the position of janitor. This individual's advice and encouragement are always welcomed by the main character.
John - The main character's older sibling, this person scrapes together money to support the family and help send the younger sibling to school.
Mama - Although unable to read, this...
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