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The Lodges and Fraternal Orders on the Isthmus of Panama. Part III

This is the three chain links symbol of the Odd fellows
intertwined with the “R” and a dove, representing peace, inside the letter “D.”

Image thanks to www.keystoneparanormal.com


In the uncertain, ever changing and often hostile scene of the Panama Canal Zone and the two major cities of Colon and Panama City, the original Silver People were confronted with an intimidating lack of infrastructure to help them achieve the economic and social stability they so avidly sought. Continue reading

The Lodges and Fraternal Orders on the Isthmus of Panama. Part I

This is the Coat of Arms of The Foresters, The Friendly Society of England. Image thanks to The Foresters.

This is the Coat of Arms of The Foresters,
The Friendly Society of England.
Image thanks to The Foresters.

Mr. Edward J.R.Evans circa 1930 founding member of Court Brock and he once owned a great part of the Mt. Hope District in Colon.

From the very beginning we find evidence that the West Indians did make significant efforts at organizing and establishing fraternal organizations. In fact, in an old historical note we discovered the oldest fraternal organization founded on the Isthmus. Continue reading

The Insular Westindian Societies

The photo is a 1930 view of the Jamaican Society in a
procession from the Edith Cavell Hall to the Society’s
headquarters in Calidonia.

In the early days of the Republic of Panama, the days in which the Westindian presence was much more predominant and important to the growing nation, fraternal and benevolent societies, lodges and clubs were springing up like weeds. Continue reading

The Red Tank Community Death Scheme

This is a shot is from an early "Silver Disability Relief Roll" line on the Canal Zone.

by Lydia M. Reid

With a name like “The Red Tank Community Death Scheme” many of us today would probably have second thoughts or at least some partial misgivings about such an organization. But this Lodge or fraternal organization was just one of dozens that were formed by the Silver Roll people of the Panama Canal Zone to better survive the economic conditions of their life on the Isthmus. Continue reading