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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

A Special Issue on the First Labor Day of the Silver People Chronicle: A Homage to the West Indian Silver Worker


image thanks to www.canalmuseum.com

The old and new Panama Canal Zone, and, in fact, the whole country of Panama, would have never come to be what it is today had it not been for the persevering attitude of the black Silver employees. Despite the hardships found by those young black men who first arrived in the area of the canal construction project, some of them as young as fourteen years old, they continued to persevere. Continue reading