Bajans On Their Way To Panama in another era
Dear Barbados Free Press readers,
I live in New York but was born in Panama. I am trying to find some background on my grand-father George Coulthrust who was married to Benita Walker Coulthrust. My real fathers name is Jorge Coulthrust son of George Coulthrust. Is there an administrative office I can contact to get historical (archived) information?
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Panamanians Louis WARREN (Left) and Albert SMITH say "Hola" to their lost Barbadian Relatives
Dear Barbados Free Press,
My wife and I recently returned to Barbados after our trip to Panama City, Republic of Panama,Central America – from April 13th – 16th 2009) for the 3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas; while there I was pleasantly surprised to meet two middle-aged men of Barbadian parentage.
These gentlemen (see photo attached) Louis WARREN (at left) and Albert SMITH (at right) are Captains at the 5 star Riande Continental Hotel where we stayed, and in conversing with them I noticed that they pronounced certain words in English with a distinct Barbadian accent.
I asked them if they were born in Barbados, they said their fathers were but they do not know if they still have any relatives in Barbados, being a firm believer in fate I assured them they most certainly were many members of the Warren and Smith families in Barbados – and I am pretty sure they would be as excited as I am to discover their long lost relatives (it has been a hobby & part time business of mine for over 20 years); and I promised these two fine gentlemen that I would send an article to the media in Barbados along with their photograph to get begin what I hope will end in long lost relatives reuniting once more.
Thanks you for assisting us by publishing this article and accompanying photo. Anyone suspecting either of these two gentlemen to be their relatives may feel free to e-mail me for contact information at the Riande Continental Hotel in Panama.
Damon Gerard Corrie
“Not him, you can’t pair off with him. He is ugly!” they said to one little girl. They didn’t realize that they had just marred the innocence of a little Spanish girl who we were growing up with. We were the only pair of black kids and whom she had known since her family moved from the hinterlands of the interior.
Roberto Reid Tells Of West Indian Children Growing Up In Panama
During this week of the Inauguration of the first non-white President of the United States of America, Barbados Free Press continues to focus on the issue of race. Our friend Roberto Reid created The Silver People Chronicle – a wonderful blog about the West Indian people of Panama and their fascinating journey through Central America beginning with their arrival in Panama. Follow them as they arrived to work on the construction of the legendary Panama Railroad and, later on, the Panama Canal. Discover how they overcame death, disease, labor struggles and the tribulations of immigration.
Roberto’s posting today is a good introduction to the hours of reading and historical accounts you will find at his blog…
The Silver People Chronicle: A Right To Be Different
Bajans arriving in Panama aboard the SS Ancon - September 2, 1909
“The Silver People Chronicle” Documents So Much Of Our History
Back in March of this year, we at Barbados Free Press delighted at our discovery of Roberto Reid’s blog The Silver People Chronicle – about the West Indians who built the Panama Canal. Until I found his blog and did a little more research, I didn’t know that the majority of the black workers who contructed the Panama Canal were Bajans.
In his latest series, Roberto tells about how unemployed, used-up, ill and injured workers were sent back to their original countries with cooperation and funding from the United States.
Well worth your time.
The Silver People Cronicle: Repatriation and Broken Promises