T. T. Lewis


T. T. Lewis

T.T. Lewis (1905 - 1959) was a politician in Barbados.

Born Atholl Edwin Seymour Lewis, T.T.Lewis was one of a set of twins born in Drax Hall, Barbados on 10 December 1905. Lewis was only afforded primary education, but continued to value education as the way to better Barbados, and in turn this would benefit all Barbadians (Bajans).

Elected to the Barbados Parliament in 1942, Barbados Elector's Association (BEA), Bridgetown. Re-elected 1944, Congress Party (CNG), and re-elected 1948-55 Barbados Labor Party (BLP). Lewis, a caucasian man, was fired from his job in 1949 for joining the Barbados Labor party, whose members were of African decent. Sir Grantley Adams supported Lewis during the firing with a 1949 demonstration, called the "Lewis Demonstration." Lewis broke with Adams in the early 50s, but remained a member of the BLP. In 1956 the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) was formed and Lewis joined the new party. During the 1956 election, TT Lewis ran as a member of the DLP, and was defeated. Amongst other efforts, Lewis is known for advocating secondary education for all in Barbados. In 1959 Lewis died while in St. Lucia for his daughter's wedding. In 1962 secondary education was guaranteed to all Bajans, after the major 1961 win by the DLP in the Barbados parliament, and the assumption of the duties of Prime Minister by Sir Errol Barrow, DLP.

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