Study Guide

Go Tell It on the Mountain Characters

By James Baldwin

John "Johnny" Grimes

Heeere's Johnny! John's a fourteen-year-old African-American kid who lives in Harlem with his...

Deacon Gabriel Grimes

Gabriel Grimes shows up in the novel first as a mad Daddy, a hard-working preacher who rules his...

Elizabeth Grimes

Elizabeth Grimes is Gabriel's wife, and John, Roy, Sarah and Ruth's mother. She's a friend and...

Aunt Florence

Florence, Gabriel's sister, is a real tough cookie. She doesn't put up with any nonsense and is...

Deborah Grimes

Boo! There are a couple of ghostly characters haunting this novel, and Deborah is one of them....

Harlem Family

Elizabeth and Gabriel's other children don't play as big a part in the novel as John. Roy Grimes,...

Esther

Esther's the girl who works with Gabriel and who ends up pregnant with his child. She's sort of a...

Royal

Esther's son, Royal, is the unrecognized son of Gabriel. He grows up without a mother or father...

Northern Men

For both Florence and Elizabeth, moving north means L-O-V-E. Frank, Florence's husband, turns out...

Church Members

The Temple of the Fire Baptized, in Harlem, is full of interesting characters. Father James, the...