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EPITAPH FOR LUCILLE (1924-2009)


Grenada received its grant of independence from Britain in 1974, a red letter year in the annals of Caribbean scholarship.

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 entombed,
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”


The Editors

International Women's Day 2009

          

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