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Sabina Park: A legacy beyond cricket

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2023 | 12:07 AM
 A general view of Sabina Park during a St Lucia Stars nets and training session there in August 2018.
A general view of Sabina Park during a St Lucia Stars nets and training session there in August 2018.

In Kingston, Jamaica lies the internationally renowned Sabina Park, a hallowed ground that echoes with the rich history of West Indies cricket. Purchased in 1890, this iconic venue was once known as Sabina Park Pen, with its roots tracing back to 1809 when the territory was owned by Isabela Hall.

The roots of Sabina Park run deep, intertwining with the painful legacy of slavery. The very soil of this sacred ground holds the story of an enslaved woman, Sabina Park, from Goat Island. Her fearless stance against the chains of oppression led to her execution at Half-Way Tree. In an act of ultimate sacrifice, Sabina Park chose to give up her own child rather than subject them to a life of enslavement.

TALE OF SACRIFICE AND TRIUMPH

Her story, though marked by tragedy, became a beacon of bravery and resistance. Sabina Park’s sacrifice paved the way for the abolition of slavery, and her memory is celebrated by many in the Liguanea Plain territory. The transformation of Sabina Park Pen into the iconic Sabina Park stands as a testament to the enduring spirit that triumphs over adversity.

‘The Ultimate Sacrifice: The Purpose, The Will, The Effort’ – a mantra echoing through the ages, reminds us that every stride towards freedom demands sacrifice. Sabina Park stands not just as a cricketing Mecca but as a symbol of triumph over adversity.

As we marvel at the prowess of cricketers on this hallowed ground, let Sabina’s story inspire us. In the face of challenges, let us remember that purpose, will, and effort pave the way for triumph. In our own lives, let us draw inspiration from Sabina Park’s legacy.

Let the ultimate sacrifice made on this sacred ground propel us to stand against injustice and strive for a better future. The purposeful efforts of those who came before us have laid the foundation for progress. As we navigate our own challenges, may we remember the lessons of Sabina Park and find the strength to shape a brighter tomorrow.

Contributed by Dr Lorenzo Gordon, a diabetologist, internal medicine consultant, biochemist, and a history and heritage enthusiast. Send feedback to inspiring876@gmail.com.