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Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
 

Barbados Independence Monument

 
 
Barbados Independence Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
1. Barbados Independence Monument
Inscription.  

Monument abstract
This monument, a pathway of Independence, chronicles the foundation years of Barbados’ nationhood. Here, in this space renowned for recreation, learning and historical experience, we collectively celebrate 50 years of Independence and share dreams for the future.

Along the pathway are featured some of our defining moments as a nation, while strategically placed benches bear the names of successive leaders, who steered us through those 50 years.

Ascending the platform, a central glass reflects our significant achievements; and on familiar waves, Neptune’s Broken Trident connotes the bold break from a colonial past.

Even as we honour our legacy, a sundial invites us to embrace our present and make a personal commitment to nation building.

As this symbolic journey ends, behold the Barbados Flag; that proud symbol of nationhood that signals a limitless future of possibilities.
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Erected 2016.
 
Location. 13° 4.769′ N, 59° 36.349′ W. Marker is
One of many informational plaques that make up the Barbados Independence Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
2. One of many informational plaques that make up the Barbados Independence Monument
Barbados is a politically stable democracy with periodic, free and fair elections, accompanied by a smooth transfer of power after each General Election.
in Bridgetown, Saint Michael. Marker is on Hastings Main Road (Route H7) just west of Garrison Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgetown, Saint Michael BB14038, Barbados. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Main Guard (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Royal Artillery Barracks (about 150 meters away); Monument to Those Lost in the 1831 Hurricane (about 240 meters away); Engineer’s Office & Quarters (about 240 meters away); Commissariat for the British Commission (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Commonwealth War Graves (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Hastings (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Barbados Military Cemetery (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgetown.
 
Categories. Civil RightsColonial Era
 
An additional informational plaque at the Barbados Independence Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
3. An additional informational plaque at the Barbados Independence Monument
This additional plaque mentions Rihanna, probably the most famous Barbadian. It reads:

Barbados is home to award winning R&B/Pop artist Rihanna; Spouge King Jackie Opel; Joseph Niles, the Merrymen whose musical career spans five decades, and Calypsonians Anthony ‘the Mighty Gabby’ Carter and Stedson ‘Red Plastic Bag’ Wiltshire
Barbados Independence Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
4. Barbados Independence Monument
As the marker mentions, multiple individual plaques commemorate many different events in Barbados' post-colonial history.
Barbados Independence Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
5. Barbados Independence Monument
The Barbados flag, sundial and a 'central glass', set into the monument's base.
The dedicatory plaque of the Barbados Independence Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
6. The dedicatory plaque of the Barbados Independence Monument
This monument was unveiled by H.R.H., Prince Henry of Wales, K.C.V.O. and the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon. Freundel J. Stuart, Q.C., M.P. on November 30th, 2016, on the occasion of Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 11, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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