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Psalms Jackson
Status: Alive
Occupation: Railroad Worker (former)

Walking boss for the freeman crew

Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: Dohn Norwood
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
First episode: "A New Birth of Freedom"
Last episode: Template:Ep5x13
Appearances: 20 episodes (see below)

Psalms is Freeman cut crew worker who is often at odds with his superiors, especially Elam Ferguson and Cullen Bohannon.


Background information[]

Psalms' mother named her son after a particular Psalm in the Bible. ("Searchers") Psalms was once a slave and was worked very hard by his master. He bears many scars from whippings on his back.

Season 1[]

Main article: Season 1

He challenged Elam Ferguson for volunteering the Freedman crew to do double work. That night, he warned Elam not to enter the cathouse. ("A New Birth of Freedom")

After Gregory Toole boasted about his encounter with Eva and how the only thing she wouldn't sleep with was a black man, he restrained Elam from attacking Toole. ("Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai")

During the fight between Elam and Cullen Bohannon, he was paid by Sean McGinnes to cover Elam's hands with pepper. ("Bread and Circuses")

Season 3[]

Psalms fears that Declan Toole, Gregory Toole's brother, has abducted Eva's daughter and interrogates Declan  (through torture) in the pig car, threatening to kill him. When the baby is found safe and well, Psalms releases Declan. ("Searchers")

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Psalms talks Elam out of going to New York to find Rose, though Elam is insistent. "It Happened in Boston")


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Immoral Mathematics" "A New Birth of Freedom" "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" "Bread and Circuses"
"Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" "Revelations" "Derailed" "Timshel" "God of Chaos"
Season 2 appearances
"Viva La Mexico" "Durant, Nebraska" "Slaughterhouse" "Scabs" "The Railroad Job"
"Purged Away with Blood" "The White Spirit" "The Lord's Day" "Blood Moon" "Blood Moon Rising"
Season 3 appearances
"Big Bad Wolf" "Eminent Domain" "Range War" "The Game" "Searchers"
"One Less Mule" "Cholera" "It Happened in Boston" "Fathers and Sins" "Get Behind the Mule"
Season 4 appearances
"The Elusive Eden" "Escape from the Garden" "Chicken Hill" "Reckoning" "Life's a Mystery"
"Bear Man" "Elam Ferguson (Episode)" "Under Color of Law" "Two Trains" "Return to Hell"
"Bleeding Kansas" "Thirteen Steps" "Further West"
Season 5 appearances