Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

The significance of the signing of the 1652 Charter, which is an important feature of Barbados’ history, will be officially recognised with a series of activities.

Details of what could be the island’s next heritage tourism project will be made known tomorrow, Friday January, 13, during an open air press conference in the Granny’s Restaurant car park, Oistins, Christ Church, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, will address this important subject, while the CARICOM Ambassador, the Hon. Robert Morris, will give an overview of the 1652 Charter.

Other persons slated to speak at the event are: Minister of Transport and Works and parliamentary representative for Christ Church South, John Boyce; Chairperson of the Committee, Professor Henry Fraser; James Corbin and Richie Alleyne.

On January 11, 1652, the Charter of Barbados was signed in a tavern called Ye Mermaid’s Inn. The charter pledged the island’s allegiance to Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, and his Commonwealth Parliament in exchange for self-rule and self-trade and to have its own Parliament, including a Governor, a Legislative Council and a House of Assembly.

In 1966, the Barbados Constitution incorporated the main features of the Charter.


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