The River Niger Characters

Joseph A. Walker
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Al

Al is one of "Mo's men," a black revolutionary organization. He is described as a "closet homosexual, capable, determined, very young." In the end of the play, Al turns out to be the informer who has betrayed his fellow revolutionaries. In a scuffle that ensues, Al and John simultaneously shoot one another, and they both die.

Grandma Wilhemina Brown

Grandma Wilhemina Brown is Mattie's mother, Jeff's grandmother. She is described as "a stately, fair-skinned black woman in her middle eighties" and "very alive." Grandma is drunk just about all the time, from the liquor bottles she hides in the kitchen. She often sings or hums "Rock of Ages" and other hymns. She also frequently mentions her deceased husband, whom she idealizes as a model man. Grandma immediately disapproves of Ann, whom she perceives to be roping Jeff into marriage.

Chips

Chips, in his early twenties, is one of...

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