Errol Bar­row Day

Errol Bar­row Day is a pub­lic hol­i­day cel­e­brated annu­ally on Jan­u­ary 21st, which com­mem­o­rates the life of Bar­ba­dos’ Father of Inde­pen­dence and first Prime Min­is­ter, Sir Errol Wal­ton Bar­row. His con­tri­bu­tions to Bar­ba­dos’ devel­op­ment have been superla­tive and below are just a few of his many achievements:

Father f Inde­pen­dence
First Prime Min­is­ter 19661976
Sup­ported the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies
Built the Uni­ver­sity Of the West Indies Cave Hill Cam­pus
Built the Bar­ba­dos Com­mu­nitu Col­lege
Aggi­tated for social care
Insti­tuted free edu­ca­tion
Insti­tuted the school meals sys­tem
Improved health care
Insti­tuted the National Insur­ance Scheme
Sup­ported regional unity
Co-​founded CARIFTA — the Caribbean Free Trade Asso­ci­a­tion
Co-​founded CARI­COM — Caribbean Community

Two years after his death in 1987, Errol Bar­row Day was first realised on what would have been Barrow’s 69th birth­day. On that date, a new $50 note was released with Barrow’s like­ness and a sec­tion of the main high­way was offi­cially named after him. In 1998, Bar­row was named one of Bar­ba­dos’ 10 national heroes and later in 2007 a life­size bronze statue of Bar­row was unveiled in Inde­pen­dence Square. On Errol Bar­row Day, most of the island is closed for busi­ness and fam­i­lies and friends gather and cel­e­brate in one form or another together.

What do you do on Errol Bar­row Day?

Arti­cle © Caribbean Dreams Magazine

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