Garrey Dennie

Associate Professor of History

Garrey Dennie

Biography

Dr. Garrey Dennie is an Associate Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He obtained his Ph.D in African History at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Dennie is a former speech writer for Nelson Mandela and has lectured widely on liberation rhetoric in South Africa. He is a founding member of Africa and African Diaspora Studies at St. Mary’s College. At St. Mary’s College he teaches courses in African Diaspora Studies, African history, Caribbean history, and American slave systems. Dr. Dennie has also developed an expertise in writing Caribbean histories for a general public.

Spotlight

  • Dennie attends historic opening for airport at St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    On February 14, 2017, Associate Professor of History Garrey Dennie attended the historic opening of the first international airport in his home country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For the occasion, Dennie wrote an article, “An Apex Moment: From Diamond Airstrip to Argyle International, an Illustrated History of the Airports of SVG, 1932-2017,” published in the commemorative magazine of the same name. Dennie’s history chronicles how citizens marveled at the arrival of sea planes delivering mail to the islands in 1932, and how Diamond Airstrip facilitated the early mail carriers until after World War II. By the early 1950’s, passengers replaced mail as the first priority of commercial airlines, and Diamond Airstrip was replaced by a succession of other, larger airports better able to accommodate larger, heavier passenger aircraft. Dennie concludes that “the AIA (Apex International Airport) stands as the fulfillment of an historic journey of the Vincentian imagination . . . .”