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Elam Ferguson

Portrayed By: Common

Affiliation/Role: Union Pacific Foreman/Chief of Railroad Police

Duration: Seasons 1-3; 4 (Recurring)

Relationships

  • Friend: Cullen Bohannon
  • Friend: Psalms
  • Mate: Eva
  • A recently freed and educated slave, whose father was a white plantation owner. Elam seeks to establish a better life working on the transcontinental railroad, eventually ascending to the position of Chief of Railroad Police. Despite an intially adversarial relationship, Elam eventually establishes a close bond with Cullen Bohannon. He catches the heart of Eva and has an adversarial relationship with her eventual husband, Gregory Toole.

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