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Interview with Michael Sherrod

Sherrod, Michael
Iovino, Michael
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with people and places; Childhood adventures; Stories and storytellers; Cultural identification
Michael Sherrod tells two regional legends about Sally's Bridge in Charlotte and The Flag Lady in Savannah.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Michael Iovino interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
MI (Michael Iovino): Hello. All right, your name is Michael Sherrod. Spell your last name.
MS (Michael Sherrod): S-H-E-R-R-O-D.
MI: S-H-E-R-R-O-D. And you are 20?
MS: Twenty-two.
MI: Twenty-two years old. Um, you were born where?
MS: Savannah, Georgia.
MI: You were born in Savannah, Georgia. Ah, how long did you live in Savannah, Georgia?
MS: Until I was 13.
MI: Until you were 13 years old. And then you moved to Charlotte?
MS: I moved to Atlanta for two years.
MI: Then you moved, then you moved to Atlanta for two years.
MS: Then I moved to Charlotte.
MI: Then you moved to Charlotte for the remaining eight, seven?
MS: Close to eight.
MI: Close to eight.
MS: I'd say eight.
MI: Eight years, OK. Um, and you're ethnic background is?
MS: I would say ( ).
MI: Yeah, yeah.
MS: Sicilian and American Indian.
MI: Sicilian and American Indian. And, um, OK.
MI: Talk, and don't worry about it.
MS: ( )
MS: The Myth of Sally's Bridge.
MI: The Myth of Sally's Bridge.
MS: The Myth of Sally's Bridge. I guess that's you would call it. Um, I don't know and like I told you and I guess, um, it's word of mouth to word of mouth from like the 1950s. So that I'm sure it's been altered.
MI: ( )
MS: ( ) Certain different ways, I've heard it two different ways. And, um, [sniff] but, um, the whole story is, um, there's a, um, a bridge here in Charlotte that's, that's a very old bridge. Like I said, it originated in like the 1950s or early or late 1940s, somewhere around there. Quote, unquote. And, um, huh?
MI: ( )
MS: Oh, uh, and the whole myth behind it was, um, there's a man and a woman about our age 22, 23, um, they were riding, you know, as the story goes they had a good relationship, you know, this and that and the other. And, um, one night they're hanging out on the bridge, just, you know, I guess doing their thing, whatever, whatever you do on Sally's Bridge. Um, and what came to be discovered of the whole thing was they found him dead. He had got, he had been struck by a car and this was after he, and like I said, there was two stories that I've heard, one, he hung her and one he threw her off. Um, but they never found the body which is the whole weird thing about it. So, um, there was a rope hanging off of the bridge that had been constricted like somebody had been hung in it. Blood on it from the neck or what have you. And there was blood on the rocks down below, but like ten feet over, kind of had like a totally different concept. And, um, basically, um, they never found a body. And they found him dead, like I said, out there. He killed her. She, um, he was struck by a car and killed. [Sniff] And they found him [sniff] but never found her body. So, we could go it is said that you can go down, and stand on the bridge, which the girl's name was Sally which I guess would enhance the name Sally's Bridge. Um, you can go down and stand on the bridge and you can call her name and they say you have to call it loud so she can hear you and you can hear her crying and weeping in the woods, you can hear her walking through the creek down below the bridge and it's the whole, um, ghost aspect of the whole thing, which, you know, I mean, it's a pretty cool little deal, you know, and we've done it. We've actually gone down there late at night. When you get there around two or three in the morning. And we, you know it, it, of course it takes courage to get out there and do it because you don't know what's going to happen. You don't know if like some ghost is going to jump out and like sacrifice you or something crazy. [Laugh] But, um, we never heard anything when we did actually get the courage like all three of us I believe it was, and we called, we called for her and we didn't hear anything and we didn't see anything. But I have come in contact with people that have, you know, lived here longer than I have, that have claimed that they have heard stuff that, you know, and it is more or less the bridge, I guess, would be right in the myth by now because they actually proved it by certain people. And, um, that's pretty much Sally's Bridge right there.
MI: ( )
MS: But, um, [cough, clears throat] the origination of this story isn't imaginary where I'm from. And, um, then, um, there's a story about Flag Lady which is the name that she was given because of this story. Um, her husband, um, went to WWII or WWI, that's it. One, not two.
MI: ( )
MS: All right, um, was shipped off to war and they hadn't gotten married yet. They were, um, getting ready to get married when he got drafted into the war. And, um, she told him, you know, just like any, um, big love triangle, um, that's not the word I was looking for but, uh, you know, any two people in love, you know, you go off she says, you know, "I'm going to stay here and wait for you until you come back." Time passes and he is expected home at a certain time [sniff] and, um, so what she does is she goes out to River Street which is an old historic street that runs along the Savannah River which he was going to be coming in and, um, she has this flag and she waves the flag at every boat that rides by so they know where to drop him off at and that he'll know when he's home. Back then you couldn't really tell, you know, you couldn't tell one city from another on the Savannah River because there's not many of them. And you couldn't, don't really know what you're looking for anyway. Um, so she stands out there for months and months at a time and she waves this flag at every boat that walks, goes by,24 hours a day she's out there waiting for her sweetheart to come home from the war. And, um, the, um, the story is that he never came home. And for years and years she stood out there every day and waved this flag at people, every boat that came by to, waiting for her sweetheart and he never showed up. And she ended up passing away in that same spot that she stood for years and years and years with this flag. They found her sitting in a, a bench passed, passed away, dead, with this flag in her hand. And everybody always, they ended up making, if you go down to Savannah now, there's a big statue of a woman that's holding a flag and waving it. And, um, that would be the, uh, short and sweet version of that one.
MI: The Flag Lady.
MS: The Flag Lady.