Charity Lomax—Dick’s love interest and eventual wife.
Colonel Owens—Dick’s father, an owner of a large plantation in Kentucky with hundreds of slaves.
Dick Owens—the colonel’s lazy, lovesick son who tries to win Charity by helping a slave escape.
Grandison—a slave who presents himself as happy and content with his life but tricks everyone to win his freedom.
Judge Fenderson—an authority figure who comments on Dick’s laziness.
Sam Briggs—a cruel slave owner.
Tom—a slave and Dick’s manservant on the plantation.
Young white man from Ohio—a man who helps to free a slave, is arrested, and dies of cholera.