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National Heroes of Barbados

National Heroes

There are ten (10) official National Heroes of Barbados. These outstanding Barbadians are recognized as Heroes of the nation for their roles in positively changing Barbados life as we know it. On April 28th of each year Barbadians honour these individuals on the national holiday; National Heroes Day.

Bussa - an African slave led Barbados' largest slave revolt against the oppressive white planters in April 1816. Bussa was killed during the revolt.

The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, P.C., Q.C. - the father of Independence, he was the first Prime Minister and he oversaw Barbados' development as an independent nation.

The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Herbert Adams Q.C., Kt., Bachelor, C.M.G - West Indian statesman. He was highly respected lawyer, he was a master of debate on the floor of the House of Assembly where he fought for a better life for the poor in Barbados

The Right Excellent Mrs. Sarah Ann Gill - the heroine of Methodism and freedom of religion

The Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod - the defender of human rights, he was elected on June 6th 1843 as the first non-White to sit in the House of Assembly.

The Right Excellent Charles Duncan O'Neal - was the first black activist in this century to agitate for free education and free dental care for children, improved housing and abolition of the infamous Located Labourers' System and the Masters and Servants Act. He was also responsible for the abolition of various oppressive government Acts.

The Right Excellent Clement Osbourne Payne - his outspoken critic of politics and the planter class brought about the introduction of trade union legislation

The Right Excellent Sir Hugh Worrell Springer - appointed the third native Governor-General of the island. He also possessed an unrivaled list of political offices and achievements.

The Right Excellent Sir Frank Leslie Walcott - international figure in trade unionism and also served as President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour for three terms

The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers - he came from humble beginnings in the back streets of St. Michael to becoming the captain of the West Indies team and is still regarded as the world’s greatest all-rounder. He was the first cricketer to score 6 sixes in a 6 ball cricket over.