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Baby Suggs Timeline and Summary
Baby Suggs (a.k.a. Jenny) is born into slavery. She has nine children, but every one of them except for her last one, Halle, is taken from her. By the time she and Halle get to Sweet Home, she's old and a bit lame. That's why Halle offers to buy her freedom from Mr. Garner. He works on weekends for years until Baby Suggs is finally free. Mr. Garner drives Baby Suggs up to Cincinnati, where a brother and sister, the Bodwins, assist her. It's during the drive that she tells Mr. Garner that her real name is Baby Suggs. The Bodwins give Baby Suggs 124 Bluestone Road, and she begins to work as a cobbler. Baby Suggs also starts her own worship services for black people in the clearing outside the city. When Sethe makes it to Cincinnati, Baby Suggs is delighted. Baby Suggs throws an impromptu party for the community. During the party, schoolteacher and his men arrive for Sethe. When Sethe kills her baby girl and goes off to jail, Baby Suggs withdraws from the townspeople. She stops going to the clearing. Eventually Baby Suggs gets sick and stays in her bed. Toward the end of her life, she craves color. She can't get enough of it. When she dies, the townspeople mourn her passing. There's the possibility that she's the "baby" ghost haunting 124, but pretty much everyone ends up thinking it's Beloved instead.