Brother Ezekial, or Brother Zeke, is the black priest to the slaves. He promises to marry Randall and Vyry but Marse John will not permit it. Instead, Brother Zeke has them "jump the broom," the slave tradition of marriage (which is not recognized by white society).
"But this is not all Vyry wanted. She wanted to be free, and more than that now, she wanted freedom for her unborn child."