Georgette Ebanks honoured for contributions

| 05/05/2017 | 0 Comments
CNS Local Life

Ms Georgette (seated, centre) with those celebrating her award

(CNS Local Life): Georgette Ebanks, a local icon whose name is associated with women gaining the right to vote, was recognised for her contributions to Cayman at a ceremony held at the Cayman Islands National Museum on 3 May. Surrounded by the museum’s board and staff, she was presented with the first-ever Ira Thompson Award for her “significant contributions to the preservation of our cherished history”.

Ms Georgette’s daughters, Anita Ebanks and Laura Henry, and Ira Thompson’s daughters, Maxine Marshall and Laverne Daykin, also attended the ceremony. Museum board chairman Alfonso Wright expressed gratitude both for Ms Georgette’s contributions and allowing the museum to exhibit her story and heirlooms. She in turn thanked the museum, and all those gathered.

Marshall and Daykin said they knew how proud their father would have been to know that Ms Georgette was the first recipient of the award established in his name.

She spoke with young museum staff members, including Shenice McField, who thanked Ms Georgette “for paving the way for women” such as herself. Ms Georgette was pivotal in women receiving the right to vote in the Cayman Islands.

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