The Silver People Heritage Foundation seeks to actively promote the restoration and protection of the ancestral burial sites of the former “Silver People” of the Panama Canal Zone at Corozal Cemetery in Panama City on the Pacific side of the canal, and Mount Hope Cemetery (formerly known as “Monkey Hill”) in Colon on the Atlantic side of the canal. To achieve this end we will follow a planned action blue print to include physical restoration of grave sites and monuments, installation of protective parameters for the sites and a targeted lobbying campaign to promote the recognition of these sites on a local (Panama) and worldwide level as a “Cultural Legacy for Humanity.”
Through our educational campaign and sponsorship of public awareness we seek to create in the Panamanian as well as the international community an appreciation of the great historic and cultural contribution of the “Silver People” of Panama who arrived from the far flung corners of the West Indies to help build the Panama Rail Road as well as the monumental task of completing the Panama Canal. Their blood, sweat and tears have left an imprint on the spirit of Panama as well as their culture which transformed them into a unique people, a new hybrid- the Spanish West Indian People of Panama- and have left for the world, with their labour and intellect, a modern and safe passage for international shipping and telecommunications.
Ultimately, we, at The Silver People Heritage Foundation, strive to envision a world free of cultural and economic prejudice so that no where on this planet human beings will ever be used again as machines to labour and die with no thought for their basic humanity.