Connie Mark

Gordon de la Mothe1992-05-27

Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives
London, United Kingdom

Gordon de la Mothe was given an OBE in 2015, primarily for services to art on the Commonwealth island of Grenada, West Indies, his birthplace. He established the teaching of art in Grenada, teaching GCSE and A Level art. The courses he began and taught have resulted in many successful young people establishing careers in the West Indies, America and Great Britain. He came to England in 1957 with a few O Levels, but worked his way up in teaching. He created the very successful series of teaching sessions which were eventually published into the seminal book Reconstructing the Black Image. This pencil drawing is of Connie Mark. At the age of 19, in 1943, she was recruited in Jamaica into the ATS where she served for 10 years, working as a medical secretary in the British military hospital. She refused to accept a subservient role when one English officer tried to get her to act as her personal charwoman. After her promotion to lance-corporal, she believed she was not paid all that was due to her. Thereafter she fought for the back-pay she believed she was owed. He was associated with countless charitable, community and educational initiatives, including the Mary Seacole Memorial Association, of which she was a founder member and president.

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  • Title: Connie Mark
  • Creator: Gordon de la Mothe
  • Date Created: 1992-05-27
  • Type: Drawing