Unnamed Orphanage Matron

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Unnamed Orphanage Matron
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Unnamed Matron of the Memphis Orphanage
AKA: 
Madam
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Administrative
Specific Job: 
Orphanage Matron
Biography: 

The matron of the (segregated, all-white) orphanage in Memphis is "past fifty, flabby faced, with weak, kind, frustrated eyes" (133). When she hears that Joe Christmas is being called a Negro, she decides to place him with a family as quickly as possible. She seems to have the child's interests at heart, both in making sure Christmas doesn't have to go to the "colored" orphanage, and in keeping the rumors about his race from McEachern, the white man who adopts him.

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Individual

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