By now most of us, both here in Panama and abroad, have been witness to the shameful images of the shoddy workmanship done on the “completed” new locks of the widened Panama Canal by the GUPC (Grupos Unidos por el Canal), a project valued at 4, 357 million dollars (almost 4 and a half billion dollars). I cannot help but reflect on the incomparable work of our ancestors, the black West Indian workmen, who worked tirelessly under the strict supervision of their American employers to complete the particularly demanding work on the Canal locks just about 101 years ago. Continue reading
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- The New Locks of the Panama Canal- Nothing Like What Our Grandfathers Achieved August 28, 2015By now most of us, both here in Panama and abroad, have been witness to the shameful images of the shoddy workmanship done on the “completed” new locks of the widened Panama Canal by the GUPC (Grupos Unidos por el … Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- Rass Not Spoken Here! July 20, 2015A vindication of the English spoken by our British West Indian forefathers here in Panama which, for decades has been held in derision and ridicule as not the "proper" English to teach our children. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- A Digger’s Story April 12, 2015A Digger's Story, a poem by Louis Emanuel, recounts some recollections of his grandfather, one of the honored and, certainly not, forgotten, Silver Roll diggers of the early Panama Construction era. Continue reading →Lydia
- Mashup March 30, 2015Some anecdotes taken from a book by Susie Pearl Core entitled Maid in Panama from 1938 which highlight the particular linguistic nuances of the English spoken by the West Indins of Panama. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- The Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club- More Insights March 4, 2015More pages from the commemorative journal published by the Panamanian Retirees' Breakfast Club in tribute to the Black West Indian Diggers on the 100th Anniversary of the Innauguration of the Panama Canal, August 15, 2014. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- Chombo February 18, 2015February is Black History Month in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and it really should be in Panama as well as the rest of Latin America. Chombo was a term to identify the black West Indians from the Caribbean basin who came to Panama to work on the mega projects of the Railroad and the Panama Canal. This post, highlighting a poem by Louis Emanuel, seeks to m […]sanjuanletran
- The Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club February 7, 2015We are so pleased to introduce our readers to the Panamanian Retiree's Breakfast Club Commemorative Centennial Journal . A diverse group of Panamanian West Indian retirees who proudly share their membership with the newer generation of Panamanian West Indian descendants the admiration they feel for their ancestors, "The Diggers." Continue read […]sanjuanletran
- The Year January 13, 2015We want to take this moment to wish you all a very prosperous and health filled New Year for 2015! Thank you, our valued readers, for supporting us and our cause and especially for your feedback which we prize highly. … Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- White Gold, W.B. Garvey’s Jewel December 14, 2014White Gold by W. B. Garvey, a relative of the inimitable Marcus Garvey, is a true jewel of a historical novel covering the lives, triumphs and defeats of the brave West Indian black men and women (mostly from Jamaica and Barbados) who took their ¨Panama gamble¨ and entered the hostile and uncertain world of the Panama Canal construction projects. Continue re […]Lydia
- Ode to the Silver Woman December 8, 2014On December 8th we celebrate Mother's Day in Panama as in all of Latin America. We wanted to honor our Silver Women with the respect and love they deserve. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- The New Locks of the Panama Canal- Nothing Like What Our Grandfathers Achieved August 28, 2015
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