‘We Were Giants – The Story of the Barbadians who built the Panama Canal': Panama Exhibition Opening at the Barbados Museum

The Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS) presents the official exhibition opening for ‘We Were Giants – The Story of the Barbadians who built the Panama Canal‘.

This exhibition will seek to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Panama Canal and will present the official history of the construction of the Canal and the vital role played by Barbadians. The exhibition will also support the official story with oral histories and accounts passed on to the present generation of Barbadians from their forbearers who worked on the canal project.

The Panama Canal project was undertaken by the Isthmian Canal Commission which officially recruited 20,000 Barbadians as workers. Unofficially, however it is thought that as many as 40,000 Barbadians ventured to Panama to either work on the canal project or to join their relatives in the Canal Zone. 'Used with the Permission of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society'

The Panama Canal project was undertaken by the Isthmian Canal Commission which officially recruited 20,000 Barbadians as workers. Unofficially, however it is thought that as many as 40,000 Barbadians ventured to Panama to either work on the canal project or to join their relatives in the Canal Zone. ‘Used with the Permission of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society

This exhibition will seek to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Panama Canal and will present the official history of the construction of the Canal and the vital role played by Barbadians. The exhibition will also support the official story with oral histories and accounts passed on to the present generation of Barbadians from their forbearers who worked on the canal project.

The exhibition will present the narrative of the Barbadian experience in Panama, through artifacts, interpretive panels and audio visual media.

We Were Giants‘ will be opened to the public on Saturday, 09th August 2014 and be on display until Monday, 09th February 2015.

This exhibition has received considerable support from the Arts and Sports Promotion fund and Southern Palms Hotel.

The exhibition may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Sundays 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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