Percival Brownlee

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Percival Brownlee
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Brownlee, Percival
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Enslaved Black
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Alive
Biography: 

Buck McCaslin purchases Percival Brownlee from Bedford Forrest, and quickly learns that Percival is illiterate and ill-suited for life as a bookkeeper, farmer, or cattle herder. When Percival is emancipated as a result of the McCaslins’ frustrations with him, he refuses to leave. Percival does reappear, however, as a preacher, “leading the singing also in his high sweet true soprano voice,” and again in the “entourage” of an Army paymaster (278). He is repeatedly figured as effeminate, particularly as he leaves town with a "defiant female glance" (278). The last rumors describe him as “an old man now and quite fat . . . the well-to-do proprietor of a select New Orleans brothel” (279).

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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