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>>Once I asked a well- known Grenadian politician if he was familiar with the name M.Z. Mark. He looked puzzled and then told me it was the first time he had heard that name.<<

Wendell, you see how even our own high-profile Grenadians are at a loss about many of our past most influential Grenadians! Don't be surprised if you get the same puzzled and questioning look when you mention names like T Albert Marryshow, Herbert A Blaize, and I dare say Uncle Eric M Gairy and Maurice Bishop.
They say charity begins at home, therefore before "lift(ing) his name high so the world would know about his accomplishments", we need to make sure that we begin to educate our very own Grenadian people about those who shaped the Grenada that we love so dearly.

My good man, keep on doing what you're doing!


Wendell I was listerning to an oral history of Grenada last week by Joachim Mark ,don't know if they are related but it might worth your while google him or youtube it very interesting.
However I am from St Andrews the big Parish and in your blog you fail to mention the influence MZ Mark had on Grenville in particular. I know that you may be courting from his autobiography but ,as far I know whether he mention it in his book or not he was also Headteacher of ST ANDREWS METHODIST SCHOOL CHAPEL ROAD.
As far as knows he also lived about 300 yards from the school.At the moment the house is still there and his Grand Daughter still lives there with her Husband and children.
Anyway Wendell if you have not check yet please check ..AN ORAL HISTORY OF GRENADA ,BY JOACHIM MARK ON YOU TUBE.


Both are in the book I am writing presently. Sonny Mark was the son of M.Z. Mark. I went to his funeral. I call him the walking history book and I posted the videos many times on Facebook.

“A walking history book”

One who has historical details at his or her fingertips was called a walking history book.

Sonny Mark was a walking History book.

There are times in my life that I seek moments of serenity. It is on such occasions, I sit and meditate and connect with my inner self. I often say a prayer.

When I lived in Grenada, I sought the quietness of Pandy Beach early on mornings. In Brooklyn, I am constantly pulled to the peaceful areas in Prospect Park. There, I usually sit and appreciate nature’s offerings. Once, I sat on a bench near the lake at the park and watched as the ducks, unconcerned about life and the cares of this world, moved effortlessly around in the almost placid water.

Then I took out my cell phone and called John Duncan, my good friend and past school mate from Schaper School. I mentioned that I was at Mr. Joachim “Sonny” Joachim Mark’s viewing the previously day. I was not sure John knew who Joachim Mark was and I was prepared to elaborate but I did not have to do so for he was familiar with him. He knew Mr. Mark was sick and expressed sorrow at so great a loss. He said the following words me:

“ Sonny Mark was a walking encyclopedia and not an ordinary one but a huge encyclopedia and Grenadians should remember him and also his father M.Z. Mark.” Sadly, we have the tendency to forget people as soon as they kick the bucket.

He recalled the first time he met Sonny Mark on a bus ride sponsored by the Grenada Nurses Association. Mr. Mark supported many organizations and charitable causes. He also helped many people to come to the United States and establish themselves. He told me how impressed he was with Mr. Mark who was able to give him a history of his family. He was fascinated by Mr. Mark’s ability to vividly recall so many historical occurrences.

Mister Sonny Mark was able to pinpoint the exact time Prime Minister Eric Gairy came back from Aruba. But he went further; he was able to say what color shirt Gairy was wearing when his feet touched Grenada’s soil. He told John the reason why his father, Mr. Franklin Duncan, left the Anglican church and became a catholic. In those days, it was near impossible for an Anglican to become a headmaster in a catholic school but somehow, John’s father was able to break that barrier. John told me that his father was well acquainted with Mr. M.Z. Mark, Sonny father, who was an extremely brilliant man. The famous speeches he delivered in various places and the “University of the masses” he remembered well.

During M.Z. Mark’s time, there were debating groups all over Grenada. The literary circle was huge and it was not unusual to witness a debate between the Gouyave Debating league and the Birchgrove Debating Society on a Sunday afternoon.

As I sat on the bench, I remembered a friend of mine who passed away a few years ago. I recalled him saying how proud he was of Mr. Sonny Mark and emphasized that Grenadians should be proud of his achievements, academic and otherwise. His role as an engineer who aided significantly in the construction of roads and bridges in New York City is well documented.

I learned more about Mr. Joachim Mark at the viewing after he died. I listened as his daughter related how inspiring a person he was and she credited him for her academic success. She pointed often at the casket lauding praise on her father for the wonderful things he did.

I got to know about the many Grenadians he helped find a footing in New York going as far as to accept them in his own house. And though he specialized in engineering matters, he was so knowledgeable and versatile , he was able to instruct nurses as they prepared for their examinations. He was indeed a man of immense abilities and most importantly, he shared them.

People often wonder why so many intelligent men and women are not known by the general public. One of the reasons lie in the fact that they are selfish and all their material success are for themselves. They leave no legacy because they do not share. Life is about sharing. Give what you can. Give to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, help the unfortunate and smile when you see the relief on the faces of needy people.

I saw the huge turnout at the Sonny Mark’s viewing at the Andrew Torregrossa & Sons Funeral Home in Brooklyn . Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, an accomplished son of Grenada’s soil and former Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations ,said a few words that were well-suited for the occasion.

At the end, I approached Dr. Stanislaus and shook his hand. A long handshake it was for it is always good to shake the hands of great men and women before it is no longer possible to do so.

I was sorry however, that I was not able to meet and chat with Sonny M


At the end, I approached Dr. Stanislaus and shook his hand. A long handshake it was for it is always good to shake the hands of great men and women before it is no longer possible to do so.

I was sorry however, that I was not able to meet and chat with Sonny Mark, the walking History book.
Anthony Wendell DeRiggs

Watch number 4 and you will see that Grenadians brought Carnival to Trinidad.


Yes we did cause carnival was brought by the French ,after they were kicked out by the british they took some of their slaves with who brought carnival to Trinida. And verco came from Gouyave and it was the name of a French battalion


Am not at all surprised that Joachim Sonny Mark was the son of M.Z Mark ,i had that feeling but i was not sure . Indeed that man was a walking history book and he tells history as a Nursery Rhyme so easy and interesting.
I need a few books from you Wendell


I just stumbled upon this information and I would love to have more information on M.Z. Mark. His parents name and or siblings information if any. I somehow think we are related