The Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod (1806-1871) was the son of a free-coloured woman and a
From an early age, he recognised the injustices faced by both the free-coloured and blacks in Barbados, and sought to unite those groups, and poor whites, against the ruling class. He gained the support of the people and formed the Liberal Party, a political organization that fought for social justice for more than 25 years.
He used his position as a journalist and editor to agitate for greater equality for
blacks and free-coloureds and to provide a forum for the working class. He became the first non-white
to sit in the House of Assembly as a representative for the City of Bridgetown in 1843. During his tenure in Parliament, he led the Liberal Party, which acted as an unofficial opposition. He retired from Parliament in 1860 and later assumed the office of Judge of the Assistant Court of Appeal.
He is among the 10 National Heroes named by the Barbados government in 1998.
The Parliament Buildings are located in the capital city, Bridgetown. The buildings were completed in
1874 to be a fitting home to Barbados’ parliament, which was established in 1639 and is the third oldest
in the Commonwealth and so predates the construction of the buildings by more than 200 years. In
addition to housing the Senate and the House of Assembly, the buildings are home to the Museum of