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The Silver People Chronicle

This is the story of the West Indian people of Panama.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

racial segregation

Corozal Cemetery

Learning From Observing

Even today the “Silver Cemetery” at Corozal remains segregated. In the foreground is the Silver side of the cemetery, in the background, divided by the cyclone fencing, is the American “Gold” Roll cemetery.   The radio shows of the times made me into the individual that I am today. The abuse of my person by

Ft. Clayton in Panama

An Increasing Security Force and Tightening Racial Isolation

Images: Top is an aerial view of “former” Ft. Clayton, one of the largest military installations in Panama. Bottom image shows Kenneth b. Clark, American Black author, psychologist, and civil rights activist. The centralized Silver roll personnel administration offices, as we have noted, began implementing policies that would characterize what the Panama Canal Zone would

The former Gorgas Hospital atop Ancon Hill in Panama.  Image thanks to Panamacz.com

Joshua Austin Reid- From Dispensary Director to New Dangers

Image thanks to Panamacz.com Although the widow Reid did not elaborate much on the issue of my grandfather’s employment, Joshua Reid seemed always to occupy a position of leadership in the community. As Director of the Silver Roll Employees’ Dispensary he was also responsible for overseeing Public Health in those parts of the segregated Panama


Communal Life in the “Black” Zone

Image shows an early Culebra “Silver” School (1905) courtesy of Mr. George W. Westerman Construction of the “Big Ditch” once again became the priority project despite the feelings and attitudes of the white Americans. The “character set” of racist America, however, surfaced in the whole country of Panama. The Westindian* community, with their Black American

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