Mollie Worsham Beauchamp

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Mollie Worsham Beauchamp
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Beauchamp, Mollie Worsham
AKA: 
Molly Beauchamp
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Origin: 
Jefferson
Biography: 

The daughter of slaves who belonged to the Worsham family, Mollie Worsham Beauchamp grew up with Miss Worsham in Jefferson but moved to the McCaslin-Edmonds' plantation when she married. Her name is spelled "Molly" in other Faulkner texts, where it is also made clear that "her husband" is Luke/Lucas Beauchamp (259). She is described as "a little old Negro woman with a shrunken, incredibly old face beneath a white headcloth and a black straw hat which would have fitted a child" (257). She is very slight, but very determined to see that the body of the grandson she raised is returned to Yoknapatawpha and treated with respect. While Gavin Stevens blames that grandson's criminality on his black father, Mollie blames Roth Edmunds, the white landlord whom she says "sold him in Egypt" (264).

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