July 26 is a date of national significance in both Barbados and Cuba. For this reason, it has become customary for the celebrations of that date to remember in Barbados the workers' uprising of 1937 that began the labor struggles that would eventually lead to the creation of strong unions and political parties that later led to independence and formed the labor and trade union movement that until today prevails in the leadership of the Barbadian working class. Likewise, in national acts, the anniversary of the Assault on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba is celebrated annually, which began the final stage of the Cuban Revolution that would triumph shortly after six years later and would bring true independence from neocolonialism in Cuba.
The recording of the commemoration was recently published on YouTube, which included speeches by the Prime Minister, the Honorable Mia Amor Mottley, the Ambassador of Cuba in Barbados, Sergio Jorge Pastrana, the Secretary General of the Workers' Union of Barbados, the Honorable Parliamentarian Toni Moore and the Office of the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Slavery Damage Reparations and prominent Pan-Africanist, the Honorable Trevor Prescod MP, plus wreaths for July 26 Heroes and ceremony conducted by of the Ambassador of Barbados to CARICOM and President of the Clement Payne Movement, David Comissiong.
The event took place in the same place where Clement Payne began those struggles, in the Freedom Park erected in the Golden Square in the Center of Barbados, which constitutes a public square dedicated to representing the set of forces that gave rise to to the Barbadian nation, in front of the independence square where the statue of Errol Barrow, the initial Prime Minister of Barbados, is located, and in front of the so-called Heroes' Square that represented leaders of the colonial era, and the buildings of the Parliament and the Bridge that gives its name to the capital of the country.
The park has structures that allow for the celebration of national events and also grounds for the Caribbean national sport of Road Tennis, a lawn where the national meeting of poets is held monthly, a mural where homage is paid to the main moments of history of Barbados, another mural that collects the materials found during the construction of the park that are a reflection of the lives led by the ancient inhabitants of this initial working-class area in the country, a mural of molten bricks in which the surnames of all the families who have nationality in Barbados and the monument and statue to Clement Payne, a labor leader who started the 1937 revolution that would start the independence movement that would eventually give rise to the Barbadian nation.