Bajan People

Bajan’s (Barbadian’s) that have done outstanding things or have made outstanding contributions.

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Cecil Ward (Bajan Cecil) – early pan pioneer Trinidad

Bajan John Archer was so notorious in Trinidad & Tobago at the turn of the twentieth century that his nickname “Badjohn” entered that nation’s vocabulary. He was one of many Bajans who contributed significantly to Trinidad & Tobago’s history and culture. Take for instance pan, that quintessential Trini art form. It’s early development was accelerated …

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Marcus Garvey presiding at the 1922 UNIA convention

Bajan Garveyites

Our guest contributor Nicholas Mayers is the Information Officer for the Barbados Genealogy Group and Editor of the group’s newsletter, Connections. He is an avid family researcher with a special interest in using online resources. A number of Barbadians played important roles in the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and its conventions or were otherwise …

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Col. Reginald Michelin, Commissioner of Police, Barbados, 1949 to 1953

It was always hot – Memoirs of Col. Reginald T. Michelin, Commissioner of Barbados Police 1949-1953 post Col. Oriel St.A. Duke

Reginald Townend Michelin (1903-1998), CMG (1957), CVO (1953), OBE (1952) took the post of Sub-Inspector, Police, Jamaica, 1924 and Inspector, Police, Leeward Islands, 1928. He was made Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nigeria, 1930, and Commissioner of Police, Barbados, 1949 and Jamaica, 1953, retiring in 1958 from the Colonial Police. In 1940 he married Nina Gladys …

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Mbissine Thérèse Diop

Millie gone to Brazil, Oh Lawd, poor Millie

In the 1920s a man called Bailey murdered his common-law wife Millie and deposited her corpse in a well.  There are conflicting reports about the location of that well. Below are the words to a well-known Barbadian folk song written by an unknown author in the 1920s. Millie gone to BrazilOh Lawd, poor MillieMillie gone …

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Bovell & Skeete letter head 1964

Memories of Bovell & Skeete 1960 to 1973

Memories of Bovell & Skeete 1960 to 1973 was written by our guest contributor John Fraser with help from Doug Newsam.  It is an attempt to capture the history, people and life of Bovell & Skeete in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  It is naturally subjective from their personal experiences.  We hope that others …

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Barbados Hiking Association 2019 Hill Challenge

Barbados Hiking Association 2019 Hill Challenge

Sunrise. The 2019 Hill Challenge started at 6.03am on Wednesday 1st May 2019.  Here are a selection of photos of those who took part in this annual May Bank holiday event. Photos taken by William who was manning two water stops. The first was at Chalky Mount by the old school.  After the last walker …

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