Will Mayes

Display Name: 
Will Mayes
Sort Name: 
Mayes, Will
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Dies
Occupation: 
Production
Specific Job: 
Night Watchman
Origin: 
Jefferson
Cause of Death: 
Murder
Real?: 
No
Biography: 

An African-American man, the night watchman at the local ice plant, accused by Minnie Cooper of assault and lynched by a mob of Jefferson men. The lynching is not narrated. Although the barber says repeatedly that "I know Will Mayes" (169), and believes he is innocent, the narrative refers to him mostly as "the Negro" and does not describe him - his age or physical experience - extensively. Nor does story ever say what, if anything, happened between Will and Minnie.

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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