En esta imagen de la entrada del Cementerio de Corozal podemos apreciar el aspecto segregado del camposanto. A la izquierda el lado “Silver Roll” y a la derecha, el lado del Gold Roll, The Corozal American Cemetery.
In the province of Colon, “negros coloniales” and “negros antillanos” have always intermarried. Whereas in the past, the majority of colonial blacks resided up the coast(costa arriba y costa abajo is their ancestral homeland) and many still do today ,the majority of “los antillanos” lived in the city of Colon. As time went by negros coloniales moved to the city of Colon and right there many unions between the two groups were formed. Part of the reason that many blacks in Colon do not speak much English is due to the intermingling of the two groups. My nieces share the two backgrounds, they speak a little English and love to vacation en “la costa”. They also love to dance congo and cumbia. We never danced Congo when we were growing up; in our days, the children of West Indians used to look down at the congo traditions. Some still do up to today. Whenever I go home, I make sure I take my nieces to Portobelo and we drive way up la costa. I consider all that area my ancestral home .Somos orgullosamente una raza, dos etnias. (We are proudly one race, two ethinicities) And this is why Los Negros de Colón come out in full regalia to celebrate Black Ethnicity Day.
Roberto, The onus is on black Panamanians living in the States to leave their children a strong cultural legacy so that future generations living here can say proudly: “We are descendants of Panamanians whose forefathers from the West Indies went to Panama to build the Panama Canal. No podra ser de otro modo, si no, el mar contare1 nuestra historia.(It cannot be any other way, if not, the ocean will have to tell our story) Un cordial saludo,
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