How does Brother Ezekiel marry Randall Ware and Vyry in Jubilee?

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Because they are not allowed to have a traditional marriage, Randall Ware and Vyry in Jubilee participate in the slave custom of "jumping the broom." This custom was not recognized in white society, and certainly did not resemble a traditional marriage to white people. However, jumping the broom has been...

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Because they are not allowed to have a traditional marriage, Randall Ware and Vyry in Jubilee participate in the slave custom of "jumping the broom." This custom was not recognized in white society, and certainly did not resemble a traditional marriage to white people. However, jumping the broom has been practiced for a long time in African-American communities, with origins in West Africa that suggest jumping the broom to be a tradition brought over by slaves when they were taken to America.

You may be interested in learning why slaves "jumped the broom" as a part of their marriage customs. It is said that a broom sweeps away negative things, in addition to sweeping away the past. Therefore, when a couple jumps the broom they are getting rid of the past so that they are able to start a new future together.

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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." 

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