Lilia Wilson- Taking the High Jump Higher

Lilia Virginia Wilson

Lilia Virginia Wilson

Lilia Wilson's recording breaking High Jump 1938 (L), and a closer look at the young girl champion (R).

Lilia Wilson’s record-breaking High Jump 1938 (L), and a closer look at the young girl champion (R).

To look at Lilia Wilson today, 76 years after she made athletic history on February 8, 1938, when she managed to break her own High Jump record by leaping over 4 feet, 9 inches in the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games (hosted by Panama that year), you can see that time has done little to dull the enthusiasm she feels about life. Continue reading

Gallery

The Great Colon Fire of 1940 – 74 Years Later

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The Great Colon Fire of 1940 74 Years later, a devastating event that became a testimony to the strength and resilience of the Silver People of Colon in Panama. View the vintage photo Gallery. Continue reading

Women Sports Champions Bring Home the Olympic Gold to Panama

Yvette Lewis gets the golden victory!!!

Yvette Lewis gets the golden victory!!!

Yvette Lewis (gold), Andrea Ferris (Silver) and Alonso Edward (Gold) standing in a winning circle.  Image La Prensa.

Yvette Lewis (gold), Andrea Ferris (Silver) and Alonso Edward (Gold) standing in a winning circle. Image La Prensa.

CHILE -. On Friday, 14 of March 2014, Yvette Lewis brought home the first gold medal for Panama by winning the hundred meter hurdles in the ODESUR- South American Olympic games- female track and field competition. Continue reading

Another Law to Honor Our Silver Ancestors

1908 a work gang of West Indian laborers on the Panama Canal.

1908 a work gang of West Indian laborers on the Panama Canal.

Another law to honor the contribution of our Silver Ancestors in the construction of the Panama Canal just passed second Debate in (Pleno) of the National Assembly of Panama four days ago. Spearheaded by our friend and staunchest supporter of our Law #7 to Declare Cultural and Historic Patrimony the Silver Cemeteries of Mount Hope, Gatun and Corozal, Iracema de Dale, Diputada from Colon, Bill 562 is sure to be declared Law of the Land very soon. Continue reading

Gamboa Road Gang Revisited

A 1915 photo of Gamboa Penitentiary or, Stockade, as it was called then.  It only changed slightly later on when Lester Greaves was incarcerated for a 50 year sentence.

A 1915 photo of Gamboa Penitentiary or  Stockade, as it was called then. It only changed slightly later on when Lester Greaves was incarcerated for a 50 year sentence.

Gamboa Road Gang, 2004 edition.  Check it out at goodreads.com

Gamboa Road Gang, 2004 edition. Check it out at goodreads.com

Lester Leon Greaves today at 88 years of age.  Image thanks to Jesus Simmons, writer for Día a Día.

Lester Leon Greaves today at 88 years of age. Image thanks to Jesus Simmons, writer for Día a Día.

As we approach the month of February, set aside in North America as Black Studies month, it is a perfect time to reflect on a character from the now very popular novel in Panama by Joaquín Beleño, Gamboa Road Gang, or Los Forzados de Gamboa.

We  covered the basis and main character of this extraordinary novel in our article describing The Panama Canal Zone Police but, we were only recently updated on the life of the central character, Ata. Ata was based on a real man, a young black West Indian man whose greatest mistake, according to Jesús Simmons, the journalist who interviewed him recently, was to fall in love with a white American girl. This man was Lester Leon Greaves. Continue reading