Independent Senator Sir Henry Fraser today described as “a national disgrace” the lack of attention paid to the St Lucy home and the St Michael official residence of the Father of Independence Errol Walton Barrow.
Speaking in the Senate on a resolution in observance of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence, Sir Henry complained about the state of disrepair of the two structures, and appealed to the authorities to restore them.
“The ruins of Errol Barrow’s birthplace in the parish of St Lucy, the ruins of the first official residence of the Prime Minister, from which independence was planned and declared, these ruins are a national disgrace,” Sir Henry said.
“Let us make them permanent tributes to his greatness, and let us restore them.”
To support his argument, the senator invoked the words of the national anthem, telling fellow legislators, “We can celebrate, but we must also be strict guardians of our heritage and plan how we will be the firm craftsmen of our fate”.
However, he said as Barbadians, “we have not guarded much of our great rich heritage”.
The resolution was passed this evening.