Category Archives: Silver People

The Silver People refers to the former “silver roll” employees of the former Panama Canal Zone which had a historically segregated payroll as well as social system. The Silver People in this instance were the Black West Indian and their descendants living in Panama.

Joined in Unity to Preserve our Silver Cemeteries

Opening the ceremony at Corozal Cemetery Gazebo was Carmela Gobern.

Opening the ceremony at Corozal Cemetery Gazebo was Carmela Gobern.

Frances Williams Yearwood tells us all about CGM Cemetery Preservation Foundation.

Frances Williams Yearwood tells us all about CGM Cemetery Preservation Foundation.

Mr. Louis Emanuel, poet

Mr. Louis Emanuel, poet

Tee shirts and caps for sale as part of CGM's fundraising program.

Tee shirts and caps for sale as part of CGM’s fundraising program.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Isaiah 52:7

As the Christmas celebration commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, approaches, we take a moment to give thanks to the Lord for answered prayer. Continue reading

Los Pana-Zona by Luis E. Cubilla -A Book Review

Los Pana-Zona book cover

Los Pana-Zona book cover

When Luis Cubilla contacted us to announce that he was almost finished writing his book about growing up in the Canal Zone- more specifically Gamboa or Silver Santa Cruz- we could understand his excitement and enthusiasm.    Continue reading

Jonathan “Clyde” Parris- Farewell Friend and Baseball Great!

Nick Diunte and Clyde Parris spending some time together back in 2007. Image thanks to Nick Diunte.

Nick Diunte and Clyde Parris spending some time together back in 2007. Image thanks to Nick Diunte.

Clyde Parris in 1959

Clyde Parris in 1959

We discovered a couple of days ago that our Baseball hero from the ranks of the Silver People of Panama, Jonathan “Clyde” Parris,  just passed away at age 93 on July 9, 2016 in Valley Stream, New York.  We wrote about him previously here.

Thanks to his young friend, fan and interviewer, Nick Diunte who posted articles about him on his blog here, we were updated on his passing.  Thank you Nick Diunte for your loving attention to this great man and athlete.  You can also view his entire professional career hereContinue reading

Reminiscings of a Colon Bway

Shelter Bar, now Tommy, and Bohio Cabaret, now mercado, across street.

Shelter Bar, now Tommy, and Bohio Cabaret, now Mercado, across street.

Our bench today from the corner of the Shelter Bar.

Our bench today from the corner of the Shelter Bar.

It is good to be back from our extended hiatus and we are happy to usher in the holiday season with a memory of a Colon of a day gone by.  Our friend and occasional contributor to our blog shared with us his   “Reminiscings of a Colon Bway” which we decided to share with you our readers.  It triggered some buried memories of my second home, Colon, with its unique West Indian character- of those times anyway.  Thank you Tito, my friend. Continue reading

The Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club- More Insights

As promised, we’re providing our readers with another opportunity to examine additional pages from the unique journal published by The Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club. We’re encouraged to do this labor of “Love,” in fact, due to the enthusiastic readership we are seeing on many of our articles relating to our culture in Panama. This theme has never lost its attraction here in our republic or oversees, however, lately the question regarding racism in Panama has raised constructive discussion about how we blacks of Panama have taken charge and have promoted our own cultural expressions, especially those that we have inherited from our Silver ancestors. Continue reading