Errol Barrow Day in Barbados
Errol Barrow Day in Barbados is held on January 21. This event in the third decade of the month January is annual. Help us
A founder-member of the Democratic Labour Party, Barrow swept to power as Premier in 1961 and held that position until 1966. He then took the island into Independence from Britain after his party won elections and he thus became Barbados' first Prime Minister.
As Prime Minister, Barrow led the country to accelerated industrial development and expanded the tourist industry, which went on to be a huge part of the Barbados economy. He introduced National Health Insurance and Social Security and implemented free secondary school education for all.
While most people remember that the former Prime Minister requested to have his ashes scattered over the Caribbean Sea, many may be unaware that some of his remains also rest at the Barbados Military Cemetery at Needham's Point. The memorial there dedicated to Errol Walton Barrow is one of the most visited.
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