"Oh, that’s just some old folks’ lie they tell around here. Some of those Africans they brought over here as slaves could fly. A lot of them flew back to Africa." (2.14.322)
Besides resonating with all of the flying that goes on in Song, we hear for the first time the widely perpetuated mythology of slaves who flew back to Africa. This mythology was not just specific to Shalimar, Virginia, but was cultivated among all of the regions that facilitated the Atlantic slave trade.