White Gold, W.B. Garvey’s Jewel

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With Christmas around the corner, we wanted to give W.B. Garvey’s remarkable new novel the review it truly deserves especially for those of you who are looking to treat yourselves, or those important people on your holiday gift list, to a literary feast. Continue reading

Ode to the Silver Woman

The West Indian woman behind the counter of this Balboa Clubhouse store was one of many thousands of Silver Roll mothers and wives.  Year is 1959.

The West Indian woman behind the counter of this Balboa Clubhouse store was one of many thousands of Silver Roll mothers and wives. Year is 1959.

Mr. Emanuel Louis has shared another inspiration with us regarding the heroic Silver Woman.  We wanted to share this poem with all of our readers on this Panama’s special day to render tribute to our mothers.  For those of you, like me, who were raised by motherly figures like my grandmother, or aunts or other caring, nurturing women, this poetic tribute is doubly relevant.  Blessed the Lord for these loving mothers. Continue reading

Solidarity from Our British Audience- The Windrush Foundation

The Windrush with a boatload of West Indian Immigrants headed for the United Kingdom.  Image thanks to The Windrush Foundation

The Windrush with a boatload of West Indian Immigrants headed for the United Kingdom. Image thanks to The Windrush Foundation

We found out just how far reaching our writings and the purpose behind our research and writings has been when we were contacted by a speaker for the Windrush Foundation from Britain, Mr. Vasco Stevenson.  He had been reading our web pages with great interest in view of the fact that he had to prepare a presentation for his organization to present in London’s City Hall.  When he came across  our contributing poet, Louis Emanuel, he had to ask us for permission to use them in his presentation.

We had to publish this letter from Mr. Stenvenson feeding us back his thoughts and reactions and how the presentation went.  Once again, we are impressed with the power of the World Wide Web to reach out.  We also want to re-emphasize our vehement call for justice regarding the kinds of baneful and demoralizing practices inflicted on our ancestors such as “The Back Punch,” and the fact that thousands of the Silvermen and women were never paid their retirement and legitimate worker’s benefits by the American Canal Commission. Continue reading

The Diggers in Memoriam

¡Viva Panamá!

¡Viva Panamá!

Black West Indian diggers.

Black West Indian diggers.

Panama skyline from San Felipe.

Panama skyline from San Felipe.

Today, being November 3rd and a day of consecration to the spirit of patriotism in Panama as the Day on which Panama separated from Colombia on November 3, 1903, we thought it a perfect opportunity to post another one of Mr.  Louis Emanuel’s poems.  It is yet another reminder of the enormous debt that Panama has with the British West Indian workers and their descendents for making Panama a prosperous and modern nation.  Due, in large part, to their contributions we can all truly feel a part of our patriotic fervor this month.   Continue reading

The Panama Canal Death Tolls- Another Revealing Look

West Indian diggers digging up graves probably at Culebra.

West Indian diggers digging up graves probably at Ancon Cemetery. 1914

In preparing our presentation two years ago to the Honorable Legislators in the Asamblea Nacional we referenced our meticulous research into the death tolls of West Indian workers and the count of individuals buried in the former Silver Roll Cemeteries to bolster our petition for Bill 348 which became Law #7 of March 15, 2012 thus declaring the three former Canal Zone Cemeteries of Silver Corozal, Gatun and Mount Hope National Historic Patrimony.

According to our detailed studies in preparing statistics to our, at first, skeptical Commission on Education, Culture and Sports, our findings proved to be very close to the assertions made in other interesting accounts by respected authors on this controversial subject and it proved that the official statistical reports are grossly inaccurate. Continue reading