Our West Indian forefathers predominated as the bulk of the work force on th Panama Rairoad and the Canal. Image from 1910 is from the Dickinson Library.
The inscription on this Panama Railroad Tie reads “A Life for Each Tie PANAMA.” Most of those lives were West Indian. Image thanks to www.panamarailroad.org
The train ride was quiet and made me remember my grandfather, Seymour, who had been employed as a blacksmith on the Panama Railroad in the City of Colon not too far from where we all lived. By then I had little to distract me on that ride but it had calmed me down, until the train pulled into “Darien Station.” I then recognized that we were passing the Silver town of Paraiso where we stopped only briefly since only a few souls ventured to get off. But the stop made me think of my French grandparents, the Juliens. Continue reading
Images: top CZimages.com; bottom: La Prensa
The act of joining the colorful marching bands of that year of 1952 gave a kid like me access to the needed elements to shine in my world of darkness. This would forever remain “my moment” regardless of whatever else happened in my life. Continue reading