George Louison, political activist and
lawyer, was born on November 29, 1951 in Grenada. Louison was one
of three ministers jailed on October 19, 1983 and subsequently avoided
execution with Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and other Cabinet members.
Louison was one of the few remaining members of the now defunct New
Louison had was part of the revolutionary group that deposed
the elected government of Sir Eric Matthew Gairy in 1979, sending
Gairy into exile for four years. He was a strong supporter of
Maurice Bishop and served in several capacity in the People
Revolutionary Government (PRG) between 1979 to 1983.
In October 1983 a struggle for control of the country broke
out. The left-wing extremists led by Bernard Coard turned against
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his supporters, Bishop was put under
house arrest and several of his close aids were locked up. On October
19, 2003 a massive crowd of about 20,000 marched up to Bishop's
residence and freed him from house arrest.
Bishop was taken to the army headquarters on Fort Rupert where Bishop
and several of his Cabinet ministers were arrested and lined up against
a wall and executed. From gaps in the wall of the goat pen,
Louison looked down and saw the puffs of smoke. The news came, and
others were thrown in the cell where they were told that they too would
If this had been an order, however, it was countermanded. Louison was
freed by US Marines on October 27, following the armed intervention by
American and Caribbean forces which overthrew the revolutionary regime.
After the restoration of parliamentary institutions, Louison with
Radix (who had also been in the goat pen) formed a political party, the
Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement, but this won no seats in the
elections of December 1984. Instead a broad coalition, the New National
Party, took power, headed by the veteran former Prime Minister, Herbert
Louison tried once more, but then gave up politics, spending some
time in Radix’s chambers before studying law in Britain. Though he was
admitted to the Grenada Bar, he went to practice in Trinidad, where he
died on May 13th 2003. He is survived by his partner and two sons.
Grenada has lost an entire generation of outstanding sons, people who
could have made an outstanding contribution to our country, but greed
entered the heart of a few brought death to some and the others jailed.
George Louison gone but not forgotten May his soul rest in peace.