Daily Archives: December 14, 2010

Was Black Freemason and Abolitionist Prince Hall born in Barbados?

Murder victim Fred Parris former Prince Hall Grand Master Freemason

An upsurge in search queries from New York about murder victim Fred Parris made us curious about the famous free black leader and abolitionist, Prince Hall.

Victim Fred Parris (photo left), the brother-in-law of Barbados Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands, was elected in 1995 as the 52nd Grand Master of the Prince Hall Masons of New York State. Mr. Parris was murdered Wednesday, December 8, 2010 while out for his morning walk and sea-bath at Brighton Beach. Police say that robbery was not the motive.

Prince Hall: Escaped Barbados slave, Boston slave or born free?

In researching the “Prince Hall Freemasons” that obtained a Warrant for Charter from the Grand Lodge of England in 1784 and formed African Lodge #459, we came across conflicting accounts of the birth place and origins of Mr. Prince Hall, one of the founders of Black Freemasonry in the United States. Continue reading

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Barbados Labour Party’s internal war continues

Owen Arthur faction declares war: Mia Mottley ejected from BLP website

Will Prime Minister Freundal Stuart call an election with the BLP in chaos?

When Owen Arthur and his pals deposed then-Opposition Leader Mia Mottley last October, did they think the BLP could heal itself and come together in time for a snap election call? If so, it looks like they miscalculated.

As we pointed out during a recent series of articles, it isn’t smooth sailing at the BLP. For two months after Owen Arthur took back the leadership, Mia’s people refused to surrender the passwords to the party’s website and blogs. We’ve heard rumours about some bank accounts too!

What’s happening now?

Ian Bourne is reporting that the Owen Arthur faction of the BLP has now gained control of the domain name for the Barbados Labour Party and they have thrown up a very amateurish website with no mention of Mia Mottley! Tit for tat, I guess.

The BLP blog is likewise looking like the work of an 11 year old with a “Websites for Dummies” book in one hand and Snickers bar in the other.

With chaos and war still raging within the Barbados Labour Party, will Prime Minister Freundal Stuart smell blood in the water and strike now?

The Bajan Reporter has some thoughts in a new story: MIA: Missing In Action? New Barbados Labour Party website does not acknowledge existence of St Michael North East MP

Photoshop by Shona: When Owen declares war, windmills tremble!

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