PANAMA MEMORIAL COULD BE A REALITY BY 2016: SENATOR REACTS TO CALL BY MUSEUM OFFICIAL
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, is proposing the establishment of a Panama memorial to possibly coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’ Independence in 2016
Senator McClean added: “While I cannot commit my Cabinet colleagues, I think that…at the latest…when we celebrate our 50th Anniversary [of Independence] in 2016, we should have a memorial. I certainly will do my part to seek to do that.”
She said the mass migration is credited with giving impetus to the emergence of a Barbadian middle class as “so called Panama money assisted many families during a tough time in the development of Barbados“.
“Their efforts are chronicled in such pioneering works as The Silver Men, authored by Barbadian historian, Professor Velma Newton. Those who remained produced a new generation of Panamanians of Barbadian descent. For example, our Honorary Consul in Panama, Dr. Camilo Alleyne, a physician and former Cabinet Minister in Panama, boasts that both of his grandparents were from Barbados,” Senator McClean underlined.
Senator McClean noted that Barbados had identified Panama as one of its main bilateral partners in Latin America. She said that the August 15th anniversary celebrations of the Panama migration was a fitting symbol of our respective historical journeys and demonstrated a commitment to building a new phase of our bilateral partnership. (JC/BGIS)