The Welcome Table Characters

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Old Black Woman

Nearly blind, with a lean build and a grayish tone to her skin. She wears a mildewed black dress with missing buttons and a grease-stained headrag covering her pigtails. She has blue-brown eyes, is ashen in appearance and very wrinkled. She is perspiring from her walk and is shivering from the cold. She enters the white church and sits, singing in her head. She is physically thrown out of the church. She sees Jesus walking down the highway and is giddy with joy. Jesus tells her to follow him and she does, walking alongside him. He looks just like she thought he would, and he listens to her sing and talk to him. She feels great beside him and can walk as long as he wants. She tells about her hard works for whites and the injustices done to her. She feels his kindness and instantly feels better. The old black woman walks down the highway past her house. She does not know where she is going. She is later found dead on the highway, having walked herself to death.


Jesus appears as a white man walking down the street in a long white robe trimmed in gold around the neck and hem. Jesus has on a red cape. Over his left arm he carries a blue blanket. He is wearing sandals. He has long brown hair and a beard. His eyes are brown and has wrinkles either from the sun or from smiling a lot. He tells the old woman to follow him as he walks down the highway. He listens to her talk and smiles at her with kindness.

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