Artist Anthony C George, who played a key role in the design of Grenada’s national flag, passed away on Wednesday (February 07) – Independence Day.
The news of his death broke on social media Wednesday evening as scores of Grenadians convened at the National Stadium to celebrate Grenada’s 50th anniversary of Independence. George died in the United Kingdom where he resided at the age of 86.
George, who was born in L’Esterre Carriacou, was part of a committee – led by Gert Protain to brainstorm on a new flag for Grenada. A first attempt was already made during the Associated States period with the flag being green, yellow and blue.
Under the directions of Premier Eric Gairy then, a new design was agreed upon. George, being the lone artist in the group, was the one who documented the concept on paper.
In the 1950s, George migrated to the UK in pursuit of higher education and after his graduation in education, fine and commercial arts he returned to Grenada in 1969 where he taught at primary and secondary schools.
Among his many accolades, in the 2007 New Year Honours, George was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to art and culture.
On February 06, 2012, a street in Soubise, St Andrew was named A C George Road in his honour.
In August 2012, George received the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor-General in Grenada for Community Services and Nation Building.
2013 saw him publishing a book Beyond Belief – the memoir of A C George that is described as “the story of A C George… from his early upbringing in Carriacou to finally achieving recognition for his contribution to the nation [and] takes you inside his life and artistic work.”