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.
Portrayed By: Common
Affiliation/Role: Union Pacific Foreman/Chief of Railroad Police
Duration: Seasons 1-3; 4 (Recurring)