In Golden Lane lies the grave of Gang-Gang Sarah, a slave woman who centuries ago was supposed to have flown from West Africa to Tobago to take spiritual care of her people who were brought to Tobago as slaves. Legend has it that after Emancipation, with slaves freed, she decided to fly back to her homeland and attempted to take off from a high silk cotton tree. However, as she took off she fell to the ground from this great height and was killed. The story goes that because she had eaten salt during her sojourn in Tobago, she had lost her power to fly.
I am currently in my hometown of Trinidad and Tobago, on the island of Tobago. I left for the US at a mighty young age, and every time I return I am reminded of how rich the island is with historical treasures. It is unfortunate however, how the government of Trinidad & Tobago doesn’t seem to really care about the treasures.
The silk Cotton Tree has its roots from the African Spiritual system. This particular tree is said to have trapped Spirits…bad spirits.