Zora Hurston—the author of Mules and Men, and the main character. Zora travels to her home regions of Florida and New Orleans in order to collect information on African-American folklore and hoodoo.
Big Sweet—a woman who works in Polk County and befriends Zora. She becomes Zora’s bodyguard when Zora is threatened by others in Florida.
Joe Willard—Big Sweet’s boyfriend who endures a turbulent relationship with her.
Ella Wall—the other girlfriend of Joe Willard. She starts to attack Big Sweet for this reason.
Lucy—an old friend of Big Sweet’s who turns on her because of her jealousy for Zora.
Babe Allen, Jim Allen, and Cliffert Ulmer—a family who befriends Zora when she rents a room at their place in Polk County.
George Thomas, Jack and Charlie Jones, Gene Brazzle, B. (James) Moseley, and “Seaboard”—a group of cardplayers who are the first to greet Zora when she arrives in Eatonville.
Mathilda Moseley—the wife of James Moseley.
Hiram Lester—the mayor of Eatonville.
Ellis and Armetta Jones —a couple who lives in Eatonville. Armetta is Zora’s childhood friend.
Bennie Lee—a drunk man who tries to tell stories for the group.
Shug—Bennie Lee’s stepsister who argues with Bennie Lee while she tries to tell a story.
Gold—a woman involved in an Eatonville storytelling session.
Julius Henry—a young boy who tells stories for Zora and the people of Eatonville.
Tookie Allen—a pretty young woman who catches the eye of...
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