Lil Bar­ba­dos His­tory — Mon­u­ments and Statues

Bar­ba­dos Monuments

St. James

The Cubana Monument

This was erected in 1998 in hon­our and remem­brance of the 73 per­sons who died on board the Air Cubana Flight CU 455, that was bombed in 1976, a mere eight min­utes after it left the Grant­ley Adams Inter­na­tional Air­port in Bar­ba­dos. The pas­sen­gers were pri­mar­ily Cuban but were also made up of a few Guyanese and North Kore­ans. The vic­tims are remem­bered every year on Octo­ber 6th at this monument.

The Hole­town Monument

This mon­u­ment was erected to com­mem­o­rate the first set­tle­ment in Bar­ba­dos in 1625 by Eng­lish­man Cap­tain John Pow­ell. How­ever, the mon­u­ment really states that this hap­pened in 1605! To cor­rect this mis­take, a plaque was placed in the base of the mon­u­ment, depict­ing the cor­rect date of the set­tle­ment. This mon­u­ment is usu­ally the loca­tion for the open­ing cel­e­bra­tions for the Hole­town Fes­ti­val in February.

St. John

Fer­di­nando Pale­o­lo­gus Tomb

Located on the grounds of the St. John Parish Church, this is the tomb of Fer­di­nando Pale­o­lo­gus, a church war­den who was well respected and promi­nent in the St. John community.

St. George

Lion at Gun Hill
gun hill

Perched 7 feet tall and 700 feet above sea level on Gun Hill Cliff in St. George, this mon­u­ment was carved from a sin­gle rock by Cap­tain Henry Wilkin­son (an offi­cer at the Gun Hill Sig­nal Sta­tion) and four mil­i­tary labour­ers in 1868.

St. Thomas

Rock Hall Free­dom Monument
Rock hall

This mon­u­ment is located in the first free vil­lage estab­lished by ex-​slaves of Bar­ba­dos, Rock Hall. Unveiled in 2005, the mon­u­ment rep­re­sents free­dom and was erected in hon­our of a fam­ily of three freed ex-​slaves from the Rock Hall village.

The Williams’ Vault

Built in 1660, this vault has housed the remains of the Williams fam­ily for over 300 years. It has been reg­u­larly asso­ci­ated with super­nat­ural activ­ity. Leg­end has it that the Catholic daughter-​in-​law of the Williams’ patri­arch, Gen­eral William Asygell Williams, was placed in the vault with the other fam­ily mem­bers. How­ever, the son and his wife did not share the same reli­gious denom­i­na­tion (he was Protes­tant; she was Catholic) and it is believed the fam­ily was at war with the wife because they viewed the mar­riage as unequally yoked. Inter­est­ingly, when she was removed from the vault, there were no more reports of super­nat­ural activity.

St. Michael

37th Reg­i­ment of Foot War Memo­r­ial Mon­u­ment (located in the Gar­ri­son His­toric Area)
Foot War

This mon­u­ment was erected in the mem­ory of the fallen British sol­diers who died dur­ing 1809 and 1810 in battle.

The 3Ws Mon­u­ment (Located at the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus)

Unveiled in 2003, this mon­u­ment was erected in hon­our of Sir Frank Wor­rell, Sir Clyde Wal­cott and Sir Ever­ton Weeks – three crick­et­ing leg­ends from Bar­ba­dos, for their con­tri­bu­tion to the game locally, region­ally and inter­na­tion­ally. It depicts the busts of the trio mounted on a giant ‘W’.

The Ceno­taph (Located in National Heroes Square)

Erected in 1925 to com­mem­o­rate the lives of the per­sons who died dur­ing the first World War, this his­toric mon­u­ment also fea­tures the names of those Bar­ba­di­ans who died in both wars. A ser­vice is held here on Remem­brance Day annu­ally to remem­ber those per­sons who served in the war.

Dol­phin Foun­tain and Mon­u­ment (Located in National Heroes Square)
dolphin fountain

This is also known as Dol­phin Gar­dens or Foun­tain Gar­dens and was unveiled in 1865 to com­mem­o­rate the first piped water in Bridgetown in 1861.

Hur­ri­cane 1832 Sol­dier Memo­r­ial Mon­u­ment (located in the Gar­ri­son His­toric Area)

This mon­u­ment was erected to com­mem­o­rate the mem­ory of the sol­diers of the 36th reg­i­ment who were killed dur­ing the hur­ri­cane of 1831.

Inde­pen­dence Arch
Independance Arch

Erected in Bridgetown in 1987 in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Bar­ba­dos’ 21st anniver­sary of inde­pen­dence, this sym­bolic mon­u­ment dis­plays all of the National Emblems of Bar­ba­dos (the Pledge, the National Anthem, the Coat of Arms, the National Flag, the National Flower, the Bro­ken Tri­dent, , the Dol­phin and the Pel­i­can). Each side of the arch has a paint­ing of the father of Inde­pen­dence, the Right Excel­lent Errol Wal­ton Barrow.

Mon­te­fiore Fountain

Inter­est­ingly, although this foun­tain was used as a drink­ing foun­tain in 1865 when it was first donated to Bridgetown by Jew­ish busi­ness­man John Mon­te­fiore, it has no run­ning water attached to it cur­rently. On the mon­u­ment, each mar­ble statue rep­re­sents four ideals: jus­tice, for­ti­tude, tem­per­ance and prudence.

Sir Frank Wal­cott Statue
Frank Walcott

Located out­side the Sir Frank Wal­cott build­ing this was erected to com­mem­o­rate the life of one of Bar­ba­dos’ National Heroes, Sir Frank Wal­cott, who was instru­men­tal in cre­at­ing a bet­ter life for mem­bers of the work­ing class and also instru­men­tal in the trade union movement.

Sir Frank Wor­rell Bust
frank worrell

Unveiled in 2002 on the grounds of the Comber­mere School., this bust was erected in hon­our of the man who made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to cricket. He was one of the 3Ws who were inte­gral to West Indies cricket in the 20th cen­tury. The mon­u­ment has the theme “Emu­late to Stimulate”.

Sir Garfield Sobers Statue
Garfield Sobers

This statue was erected fit­tingly out­side of Kens­ing­ton Oval in cel­e­bra­tion of the life of one of the great­est crick­eters to ever grace the sport and the only liv­ing National Hero of Barbados.

Sir Grant­ley Adams Statue
Grantley Adams

Depict­ing another one of our National Heroes, this statue was erected in 1999 in cel­e­bra­tion of the life and accom­plish­ments of Sir Grant­ley Adams. The statue is located out­side of the gov­ern­ment head­quar­ters, quite fit­tingly as he was the first Prime Min­is­ter of Bar­ba­dos and the only Prime Min­is­ter of the West Indies Federation.

Sir William Con­rad Reeves Bust

Stands at the main entrance to the house of assem­bly and was erected in hon­our of the achieve­ments and ser­vice of this lawyer to the legal sys­tem of Bar­ba­dos. Sir William was the par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive for St. Joseph in his time and was later appointed Chief Jus­tice of Barbados.

The Daunt­less Tomb Memorial
dauntless tomb

In 1852, the Daunt­less set sail from the US Vir­gin Islands to Bar­ba­dos, where 83 mem­bers of the crew died from yel­low fever. This memo­r­ial is used to hon­our the lives of those who died on the ship; the mar­ble tomb was pro­vided by the Royal Navy to serve as the loca­tion for the remains of 15 offi­cers of the ship and the captain’s steward.

The Eman­ci­pa­tion Statue (also known as The Bussa Statue)

Erected in 1985 to cel­e­brate the 150th anniver­sary of the abo­li­tion of slav­ery and the eman­ci­pa­tion of Bar­ba­dos from slav­ery, this statue depicts a rebel Bar­ba­dian slave, Bussa, break­ing free of his chains, sym­bolic Bar­ba­dos’ break away from slav­ery. Every year on Eman­ci­pa­tion day (August 1st), many Bar­ba­di­ans march through var­i­ous streets towards the statue.

The Errol Bar­row Statue
errol barrow

Stand­ing at 9ft tall, this mon­u­ment is located in Inde­pen­dence Square, Bridgetown and was erected in hon­our of its name­sake for his stel­lar con­tri­bu­tion to the polit­i­cal, social, edu­ca­tional and phys­i­cal devel­op­ment of Bar­ba­dos. He was also the first prime min­is­ter of an inde­pen­dent Bar­ba­dos. This statue was unveiled on Errol Bar­row Day (Jan 21), 2007.

The Lord Nel­son Statue

Located oppo­site the Par­lia­ment Build­ings in Bridgetown, this mon­u­ment was erected in 1813 in hon­our of Admi­ral Lord Nel­son. Lord Nel­son was regarded as a hero by var­i­ous locals in his day for his bat­tles against the French who at the time con­trolled other islands in the Caribbean.

Christ Church

The Chase Vault
chase vault

Belongs to a wealthy plan­ta­tion fam­ily, the Chases, and was built par­tially under­ground in1724. It was never used until the Chase fam­ily came into pos­ses­sion of it. After its first bur­ial few buri­als, it was said that every time the vault was opened, it was often found to be in dis­ar­ray. This con­tin­ued from around 1790 to 1820. Inves­ti­ga­tions of the vault were con­ducted to see what could be the cause of the inter­nal mess. How­ever, since noth­ing ever came of this, those buried in the Chase Vault were given buri­als at other locations.

St. Phillip

Grand Jete Statue
grand jete

Located in the gar­dens of the Crane Resort, this is a statue of British bal­let dancer David Wall and was donated to the Crane in 1981.

© Arti­cle of Caribbean Dreams Mag­a­zine
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