Death by Fire

By Irving W. Andre and Gabriel J. Christian

On Carnival Monday, February 25, 1963, a mysterious explosion took place at the back of the Mexican Band on King George V Street, Roseau Dominica. As a result of the fire which erupted amidst the gaiety of what was a carnival parade, three promising young men-Eddie Martin, Eric Shillingford and George James were fatally wounded; nineteen others received injuries.

In what is a groundbreaking work, Andre & Christian’s Death by Fire, explores the history of carnival in Dominica and the impact of that tragic event which changed the island’s traditional masquerade and , indeed, the entire society for years to come.

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