Elam FergusonPlayed by Common
Elam Ferguson is an emancipated slave coming to terms with the risks and responsibilities of his newly-acquired freedom. Born of a white master and a slave mother, he is a man with no true home or people he can call his own. On the railroad he is empowered by a gun and a fearlessness but finds he will need more to earn the respect of his fellow man that he desperately craves. Elam and Cullen’s fates are bound together, not only by their common Southern roots, but also by circumstance.