Lula Morgan, also known as Auntie Lula, is an older woman and fictive kin to Addy Walker and her family.
Personality and Traits
Auntie Lula is old enough to be Addy's grandmother, and serves as such to her. She has light skin, rusty red hair streaked with gray, and a soft open face with sharp green eyes. While she and Solomon are not related by blood to the Walkers they consider each other family, a term called fictive kin.
Auntie Lula serves as the the cook on the plantation. She is quick minded and a healer, giving them medicine when sick and rock candy one Christmas. She is skilled in folk healing arts, same as her husband Solomon. She is also a quilter, and it is implied she made Addy's quilt that she was forced to leave back on the plantation, one of only three she ever made (a plot point in Shadows on Society Hill).
In The Books
Meet Addy: An American Girl
Auntie Lula sometimes sneaks food away from the kitchen for the Walkers to eat. When Addy learns that Sam and Poppa will be sold, Auntie Lula offers the plan for her sneak out and offer water to them out in the field so that she can warn Sam and Poppa.
Auntie Lula keeps Esther for Momma since she can't be brought on the run to freedom.
Changes for Addy: A Winter Story
Auntie Lula is found on the steps of First Baptist with Esther by Addy one night. She is small and thin now. She talks about the last days on the plantation before the war ended and that she and Solomon were determined to return Esther to their family so they headed to the freedmen's camps (which Addy discovers in a letter sent to the family in response to hers).
When Addy speaks to Auntie Lula about it being unfair he wasn't free for long, Aunt Lula tells her how Solomon celebrated his freedom long before they left the plantation. She then tells Addy not to be sad about Solomon's death--or her own. When Addy protests about her dying, Lula tells her that there's a time for each of them to die and that she won't have much time in freedom; that we don't all make it where we want to go in life, and that sometimes other people have to carry a person's hopes and dreams where they can't.
Lula dies soon after her arrival, two days before Christmas. Her death puts a pallor over the holiday and makes Christmas a quiet affair for the Walkers, and Addy feels that her death along with Solomon's means that her whole family can never be together in freedom as she wanted. Addy is almost too despondent to participate in the Emancipation Celebration at church because of it, until Ruth reminds her that Lula and Solomon will always live in their hearts and memory.
While Lula is dead, she has a effect on the story and major plot points. Solomon's niece, Elizabeth Cope, has one of his protection stones, a healing arts sack, and one of the only three quilts Lula ever made. It is these marks and hints that help Addy realize why Elizabeth turned so suddenly on the Walkers and that she ultimately is passing as white.
Aunt Lula is played by the multi-character actress who also plays Miss Dunn and Sarah Moore's mother. (Because of the framing of the story, the characters never overlap.) She takes Esther to care for at the start and returns with her at the end, and the story ends before her death occurs so it is never mentioned as happening.
- Addy's letter, Addy Saves the Day: Solomon and Lula Morgan. They caring for our dear baby Esther Walker.