Dr. C. J. Davis - The Good Black Doctor

Christopher James Davis (1842-1870) – Le Bon Docteur Noir

Christopher James Davis was born at Whitehaven, St. Philip, Barbados on 23rd April 1842.  He was baptised on 4th June the same year. He was the youngest of 10 children. His Father, John Thomas Davis, was a Carpenter. His mother’s name was Mary Ann.  His family were Wesleyan Methodists.  Christopher Davis worked as a schoolmaster …

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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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Bajan: John “Bad John” Archer

How “badjohn” became a word

badjohn – nounA man willing to use violence and who likes being known as a dangerous person; a ruffian, hooligan or miscreant.  An illusion to Bajan  John “Bad John” Archer, a criminal who figured prominently in Trinidad in the early 20th century. Of the countless jailbirds to tread this island, none has cast a longer …

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Marcus Garvey presiding at the 1922 UNIA convention

Bajan Garveyites

A number of Barbadians played important roles in the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and its conventions or were otherwise noteworthy in the international affairs of the movement. Barbadian-born Clifford Bourne served as a UNIA banker, high chancellor and treasurer and head of the Guatemalan UNIA. In February 1920, Bourne established the first UNIA branch …

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Errol Barrow and crew crew graduation No. 31 OTU RAF Debert, Nova Socia Canada - 7 April 1944

F/O Errol Barrow RAF Navigator World War II & Prime Minister of Barbados

Errol Walton Barrow (21st January 1920 – 1st June 1987) led Barbados to Independence on 30th November 1966 and served as Barbados’ first and fourth Prime Minister.  This is the story of Errol Barrow and the seven years he spent in the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1940 to 1947 which provided the grounding for …

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Mignon Inniss Ford

Mignon Lorraine Inniss: 1905 to 1995

Mignon Lorraine Inniss was born on 19th November 1905 in Barbados.  In the early twenties, she immigrated to New York City where she studied Business Administration at the Braithwaite School of Business.  Here she met a group of Ethiopian dignitaries who were recruiting skilled African-Americans to help in Ethiopia’s development. Mignon immigrated to Ethiopia with …

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Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano 1745 to 1797 (Slavery Abolitionists)

Olaudah Equiano was born in 1745 in Effaka to the north of Benin which is the capital of the land now called Guinea. The village was ruled by the King in Benin but there was little contact between the two towns. His father was an elder, or chief, of the village and bore the marks …

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Adam Straw Waterman memorial St. Georges Church - Barbados

Adam Straughn (Straw) Waterman (1803 – 1887)

Adam Straughn (Straw) Waterman was born a slave in 1803 in either St. John or St George. Probably on one of the estates owned by the Drax Family. He got his freedom before emancipation. Adam married Nancy Hannah at St. John’s Parish Church on 2nd November 1835. Some sources say she was an outside daughter of …

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