|EPITAPH FOR LUCILLE (1924-2009)
Grenada received its grant of independence from Britain
in 1974, a red letter year in the annals of Caribbean
In case you have forgotten it, ’74 was also the year
when Lucille Mathurin Mair successfully defended her
ground-breaking doctoral dissertation, “A Historical
Study of Women in Jamaica, 1655-1844”.
The study opened a new day in Caribbean historiography,
bringing to life a galaxy of sheroes who had been
in Lucille’s words, “by history”.
Lucille Mathurin Mair died on January 28, and today we
we inscribe on her tomb this epitaph: “Here Lies Lucille
Mathurin Mair, Mother of Caribbean Women’s History”
International Women's Day 2009