Bajan History

Bajan (Barbadian) history.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano 1789

Remembering Olaudah Equiano’s time in Barbados

I have often sat on the boardwalk on Wharf Road watching tourists walking into the centre of Bridgetown. Each of them will pass a memorial. It isn’t particularly small but most people walk by without a single glance, some slow their stride to ‘skim read’ the wording but no one ever seems to stop and

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Iris Bayley at Andromeda

The Bush Teas of Barbados – Iris Bayley

It is customary for many of the inhabitants of Barbados when they are ill to use as remedies watery infusions of various plants, known as “bush teas”. If the disease has definite characteristics, such as skin rashes, swelling or pain, the infusion is applied locally, or pieces of the plant are bandaged upon the affected

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John R Archer Mayor of Battersea 1913

John Richard Archer – the first black mayor of a London borough in 1913

John Richard Archer was the first black mayor of a London Borough. In November 1913 he was elected for a one year term as Mayor of the London Borough of Battersea. Born in Liverpool, John Archer had a Bajan father and an Irish mother. The the first black person to be elected as a Mayor

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Sholto Douglas and Errol Barrow in Barbados

Errol Barrow and his commanding officer Sholto Douglas

This is the story of the deep bond that developed between Errol Barrow and his commanding officer Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William Sholto Douglas who was the Military Governor of Germany after World War II. From 1945 to 1947 Errol Barrow served as a Navigator within the Commander-in-Chief, Military Governor’s Flight with

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