Rachel Rankine’s home was located near the old Cayman Diving lodge in East End. She enjoyed playing guitar, though usually her instrument had no more than a few strings.
At the time the picture was taken, the photographer asked her to sing him a song.
The instrument was unquestionably out of tune, however, that did not matter because she plucked the two strings rather than playing with a typical strum, and her sweet vocals in the religious song she crooned easily outshone the discordant instrument’s tones.
Ms. Rankine passed away in 1989.
In this image taken sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s, she is shown at her front door with her guitar.
This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.