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This is a typical board building tenement
that still exists in the poorer “Barrio” neighborhoods
of Panama City. This one is among several in
this area of Santana, slated for
demolition soon.

It was not until the decade that began with the year of 1940 in which an event such as the devastating fire that would virtually destroy the Atlantic coast city of Colon, that I would awake to who I really was in the world into which I had been born. Continue reading

The Political Aggressions of the 30’s

La Boca Ferry circ. 1947. Image thanks to CZimages.com

Image thanks to czimages.com

During the trying years in which my Uncle Eric was struggling to get ahead in school, epithets once never known nor used in the neighborhoods of the new urbanized cities to depict Black Westindians such as Chombo, Yumaco, Meco and other denigrating terms would suddenly appear in local editorials in the news media. Continue reading

The Silver Townships- The City of Colon

Colon City around 1910 when it was mainly a West Indian city.


Colón is the port city on the Atlantic (Caribbean) coast of the Republic of Panama and is actually the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. The city is also the capital of the Province of Colon and has historically and by virtue of its population been recognized as Panama’s second major city. Continue reading