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La Boca Town- Farewell to an Icon

La Boca Town in flames as seen from a distance. Image thanks to La Prensa.

Another Barraca (barracks like row of "rooms") burned down recently putting a gradual end to the Westindian face of Rio Abajo.

by Lydia M. Reid

With a justifiable note of regret the residents of La Boca Town gave a final farewell to the legendary piece of real estate that burned down completely on February 21, 2002. Today, 4th Street in Rio Abajo, where for decades La Boca Town was located, is witnessing dramatic winds of change. People from other areas and cultures have come to settle in this area and the descendants of the original Black Westindians who came with the construction of the Canal have departed in other directions or have simply died out slowly. Continue reading