A day of recognition for Errol Barrow the Father of the Nation.
The day honors the first Prime Minister of Barbados Errol Walton Barrow, born on January 21, 1920.
He graduated from Harrison College in Bridgetown and served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
After the war, he studied law and economics in London.
In 1951, he became a member of the Barbados Labour Party and was elected to the Barbados Parliament.
Four years later, he formed the Democratic Labour Party and instituted many progressive social programs.
By 1961, his party controlled the government.
From 1961 to 1966, Barrow served as Premier of Barbados.
In 1966, Barbados declared its independence from Great Britain and Errol Barrow became the country's first Prime Minister.
Barrow suddenly died on June 1, 1987.
In 1989, his birthday was declared as a public holiday to commemorate his contribution to the declaration of the country's independence.
Celebrated on January 21