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 Maurice Bishop

Maurice Bishop

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Death 19 Oct 1983 (aged 39)
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 18523 · View Source
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Grenada Prime Minister. His New Jewel Movement overthrew the government of Prime Minister Eric Gairy in 1979 and he became Prime Minister of Grenada. His government put into effect many Leninist policies and sought closer relationships with Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro's, the Soviet Union and other Communist bloc nations. Bishop was well-educated and had an extensive background in studies of the Black Power movement. He was widely believed to have been cheated out of an election victory by Gairy's supporters several years before leading the revolution against Gairy, who was out of the country addressing the United Nations at the time. In October 1983, Bishop was overthrown and executed at Fort Rupert, St. George's along with a number of his supporters after a military coup d'état, led by Bishop's former ally and Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard. This event prompted "Operation Urgent Fury", the United States-led invasion to depose the pro-Soviet Coard. The bodies of Bishop and the 10 men killed with him were never found.

Bio by: Erik Lander


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 26 Nov 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18523
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice Bishop (29 May 1944–19 Oct 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18523, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed.