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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

Finally, Our Silver Cemeteries are Being Cleaned Up

Entrance to Corozal Cemetery Panama.

Entrance to Corozal Cemetery Panama.

Finally, some action is being taken to clean up the Silver Cemeteries of Panama.  We hope to see more of this during the year.

THE COROZAL-GATUN, MT. HOPE CEMETERY PRESERVATION FOUNDATION  Continue reading

“Desidia” and the Silver Roll Cemeteries of Panama

The headline reads "Cementerio Corozal en la Desidia." Image thanks to TVN - on line.

The headline reads “Cementerio Corozal en la Desidia.” Image thanks to TVN – on line.

Desidia is a term often bantered about in Panama’s daily newspapers concerning the pitiful state of its noble national and historic monuments and parks- part of its physical cultural legacy or what the UNESCO refers to as its tangible cultural heritage. It has ugly connotations when referring to the Silver Roll Cemeteries of Panama. Its meaning runs the gamut of apathy, indolence, laziness, carelessness, slovenliness, every nuance that is opposed to the attitude of its original American founders and the West Indian caretakers put in service to tend the cemeteries. It describes the present state of the once magnificent symbols of our West Indian cultural heritage here in Panama.  Continue reading

Gatun Cemetery

This is the stairway to the entrance of Gatun Cemetery.

This is the stairway to the entrance of Gatun Cemetery.

Home to about 90 tombs, the Gatun Cemetery is the resting place of primarily Westindian workers and family members.

Home to about 90 tombs, the Gatun Cemetery is the resting place of primarily Westindian workers and family members.

By Lydia M. Reid

The small town of Gatun in Colon has seen the evolution of the Panama Canal for more than a century, and its cemetery, the sacred burial ground of scores of Westindian (Antillean) workers of the French and American construction periods, has been witness to many significant historical phenomena. It saw the arrival and departure of the frenzied crowds of California Gold Rush hopefuls, the French period settlers, the American period workers and the American military come and go. Once it had outlived its usefulness, however, it was abandoned by the (American) Panama Canal Commission and left to its own destiny and the tropical elements, as was the fate of many Canal Zone towns. Continue reading