Our Silver Cemeteries Made it to the International “Endangered List!”

We just had to break the wonderful news to all our readers and descendants of the Silver People who have been following our progress!

Our “Silver” Cemeteries here in PanamaMount Hope as well as Corozal Cemeteries, the resting places of our historic Silver ancestors who built the Panama Railroad and the Panama Canal- have been included on the World Monuments Fund’s prestigious “100 Most Endangered Sites” for 2010.

Now, what does inclusion on this list mean?

The World Monuments Fund, a “leading independent organization devoted to saving the world’s most treasured places” announced the publishing of their “Watch List” world-wide on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in their New York City offices. Through their signature advocacy tool, The World Monuments Watch, it “issues lists every other year that become a powerful call to global action on behalf of sites needing immediate help.” They actively help the people working with these sites by:

1. Providing an international focus on endangered patrimony through media communiqués and links to the many charitable and philanthropic organizations that work closely with them to channel financial help to these sites.

2. Offering highly skilled technical and professional assistance to architectural and heritage sites at risk of disappearing through neglect, lack of monetary resources, urban and other human encroachment, and many other causes.

3. Providing financial assistance in promoting education and awareness to the local and international communities in order to elevate consciousness as to the importance of preserving these priceless sites. In its own words,

“World Monuments Fund takes a multilayered approach to education. We promote the exchange of information among professionals, educate the public, and train craftspeople in both lost arts and modern standards. Through site interpretation, international symposia, and field schools such as the ones we held in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we ensure that heritage preservation remains a vibrant field.”

We’ve included links to their Watch Page and to the individual cemetery site descriptions below. We are extremely and especially happy that they have also included on the Watch List Historic Colon Center, which is really important to the restoration and preservation of the City of Colon. Please note that for 2010’s Watch List these three sites are the only items included for the Republic of Panama.

Thank you all for your support and please keep praying and thanking God along with us for this great victory.

World Monuments Fund “Watch Page”

The Watch List by country

Historic Colon Center

Mount Hope Cemetery

Corozal Cemetery

This story definitely continues.

8 responses to “Our Silver Cemeteries Made it to the International “Endangered List!”

  1. Kyle and Svet Keeton

    That is fantastic. We know that all your hard work is going to pay off.

    Kyle and Svet

  2. Congratulations, Roberto and Lydia!
    You have done a great job.

  3. Kyle and Svet,

    Thank you both for supporting us throughout these past two years we have been working on this endeavor. You two better than anyone have seen our struggles and leant a hand in establishing our Internet presence.


  4. Rita,

    Thank you so much for your support.

    Roberto and Lydia

  5. there is some news that one can only shed a tear of joy to celebrate… I have to ask is Mount Hope still open for burials or Corozal for that matter? if a person wanted to be interred at one of these places is it possible? I know many, myself included, would love this if possible.

  6. Ocho Gritos,

    Both Mount Hope and Corozal are municipal cemeteries and they are open for arranging burials.

  7. I grew up right next to Mount Hope in Camp Coiner, and it is not a common thing to hear a cemetery has cherished memories, but it was the backyard for me and my friends. It may sound morbid to some but we used the pre-dug graves to play war with our sticks as rifles. A good friend and I would hunt birds there, using a biombo with marbles to not kill them, make bamboo cages to sell in Colon; not to mention the blue crabs at the back entrance were a delight on Saturdays. I could go on about duppies and tuliviejas…

  8. Ocho Gritos,

    Nothing about Mt. Hope would sound morbid to me after hearing testimony from many "Silver" People and their descendents reminisce about how it used to be, among other things, their playground, a retreat and a kind of park and that they never felt threatened in any way by the tombs of their ancestors buried there.

    I felt the same way about my treks through the French cemetery in Paraiso when I was a kid. We kids used to play around there and use it as a short cut home. When I discovered that I was walking through an old cemetery I often thought that someone should clear away the tall grass and clean the place up until, finally, someone did.

    I think, in general, many people in our western world are changing their attitude about the "dead" and viewing them more like people in other cultures, their ancestors, who are present although they have gone to Glory.

    Thanks for the comment.