A hero deliberately and courageously overcomes obstacles for the benefit of others without regard to personal consequences. Conquered obstacles are the only qualifying credentials of heroes and a measure of one's true leadership.
Paul Bogle, whose birth date is uncertain, died 1865 and was a Baptist Deacon who was generally regarded as a peaceful man who shunned violence. A man like Paul Bogle had no need to disturb the peace.
He believed in the teachings of the Bible, endorsing the principles of charity and endurance. Yet he was also a leader and organizer who knew well the terrains of the land and had spent time in educating and training his followers.
Gordon was the 2nd of 7 children born to a Scottish planter, Joseph Gordon (1790–1867) and a mulattoslave, Ann Rattray (1792). Before (1865) in April 1815 although many accounts give his birth as 1820. With a little help from his father, Gordon was self-educated and taught himself to read, write, and perform simple accounting.View Details
Exhibiting the courageous fighting spirit found in military leaders, Nanny of the Maroons established herself in history as Jamaica’s only female national hero. She became known for all time as a symbol of Jamaica’s strength and dogged resolution to maintain independence.
Nanny led her people against the colonizers during the First Maroon War known by the British settlers as an outstanding military leader.
Samuel 'Sam' Sharpe , or Sharp, National Hero of Jamaica(1801, Jamaica- 23 May 1832, Jamaica) was the slaveleader behind the Jamaican Baptist Warslave rebellion.
Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante , National Hero of Jamaica(24 February 1884 – 6 August 1977) was a Jamaican politician and labor leader. Alexander Bustamante was an aggressive, outspoken young man who understood the dynamics of labor relations. A charismatic and impressive speaker, he used the media to criticize the prevailing political system and its attendant social problems. He started the Industrial Trade Union in 1938 and was jailed for 17 months following labor riots.
Norman Washington Manley founded the People’s National Party which later was tied to the Trade Union Congress and the N.W.U.
Norman Washington Manley MM QC National Hero of Jamaica (4 July 1893 – 2 September 1969), was a Jamaican statesman. A Rhodes Scholar, Manley became one of Jamaica's leading lawyers in the 1920s. With his cousin, Alexander Bustamante, Manley was an advocate of the universal suffrage that was granted the colony in 1944.
He founded the left-wing People's National Party which later was tied to the Trade Union Congress and the National Workers Union, together with Bustamante, in 1938, and led it in every election from 1944 to 1967. Their efforts resulted in the New Constitution of 1944, granting full adult suffrage. He served as the colony's Chief Minister from 1955 to 1959, and as Premier from 1959 to 1962. He was a proponent of the island's participation in the Federation of the West Indies but bowed to pressure to hold a referendum in 1961 which resulted in Jamaica withdrawing from the union.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey stands out in history as one who was greatly committed to the concept of the Emancipation of minds. Garvey who was born in St. Ann became famous worldwide as a leader who was courageous and eloquent in his call for improvement for Blacks.
He sought the unification of all Blacks through the establishment of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and spoke out against economic exploitation and cultural denigration. He spent many years in the United States pursuing his goal of Black Unification.
The Right ExcellentSamuel Jackman Prescod (1806 – September 26, 1871) became the first person of African descent to be elected to Barbados’s Parliament in 1843.
1st Premier of Barbados
Sir Grantley Herbert Adams (1898 - 1971) was the 1st Premier of Barbados.View Details
Born a free man in Africa in the 18th Century, the hero Barbadians fondly refer to as Bussa was captured and brought to island as a slave.View Details
The Heroine of Methodism & Freedom of Religion
Methodism was brought to the shores of Barbados by Dr. Thomas Coke in the year 1788.View Details
The Social Transformer
Charles Duncan O’Neal, a medical doctor was a member of the elite class and held a high social position in the Barbadian community.View Details
Born in Trinidad to Barbadian Parents, Clement Payne was an advocate for the poor in his parent‘s homeland.View Details
The Father of Independence & Social Transformation
1920 - 1987
Born in the parish of St. Lucy on January 21, 1920, Errol Walton Barrow lived a remarkable life.