Sunday 5 April, 2020

Former US Attorney General to receive Barbados award

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, with Attorney General Dale Marshall and the former US Attorney General, Eric Holder (Source: BGIS)

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, with Attorney General Dale Marshall and the former US Attorney General, Eric Holder (Source: BGIS)

The Barbados Cabinet Office has announced that the former Attorney General of the United States of America, Eric Holder, has been awarded the Honorary Award of the Order of the Freedom of Barbados.

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His name was not included in the official National Honours List 2019.

Holder is being awarded for his "distinguished and extraordinary service to Barbados, the Caribbean Diaspora and to humanity at large."

The honour will be conferred on Holder by the Governor General at a date to be announced.

The announcement of Holder’s honour was made at the formal ceremony for the presentation of honours on Barbados' Independence Day at Kensington Oval.

Holder served as the first African American Attorney General of the United States of America, from 2009 to 2015. Though born in New York, he is of Barbadian heritage. His father was a Barbadian and it is reported that his mother's parents were Barbadian as well.

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