I am working on a map project of Maycomb. Where does Calpurnia live? Does she live near the Ewell family or near the First Purchase Church?

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poetrymfa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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First, if you are working on a map project, you may want to reference the wonderful map of Maycomb that has been produced by eNotes. I have included a link in the "Sources" section below.

To answer your question, Calpurnia lives in The Quarters, an area that houses the town's African American population. The Quarters is situated down a dirt road, off the main highway. It is across the railroad tracks from the Ewell's home. The First Purchase African M.E. Church is located within The Quarters, on the outer Southern limits of Maycomb.

After Calpurnia takes her to this church, Scout asks Calpurnia if she can come visit her at her home one day. Calpurnia replies that she'd be happy to have Scout visit any time she'd like. Despite this offer, we never learn the exact location of Calpurnia's home--only that she lives in The Quarters. Because Calpurnia is so involved in the church community, it would not be far-fetched to think that she lives near the church. This would imply that she lives across the tracks from the Ewell family. 

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Jen Sambdman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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I think you may be thinking about Helen Robinson in reference to the Ewell's. She is the one who is harassed on the way to work when she passes by. The book never says where Cal lived, but by reading into it, I personally think she would live close to the church since she is so religious and it is a black neighborhood. Also, when Cal and Scout discuss Scout visiting her, I believe she says something about Atticus picking her up which would imply it is further than just a little walk. You will just have to use your imagination since Maycomb is a fictional town. Good luck!

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