People Without History: Memory and Barbadian Migrants in Panama will be the focus of a special panel discussion to be held this Friday, March 27.

The discussion will be held in the Law Lecture Theatre 3 of the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex, University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

UWI researchers, Professor Velma Newton, Dr. Elaine Rocha and Dr. Marcia Burrowes, will examine the legacy of Barbadian migrants and their descendants in Panama today.

Panellists will explore how the migrants and their families made their way in Panama after the construction of the Canal, and how their contributions have been remembered in Barbados and Panama.

The panel discussion will be chaired by History Curator at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS), Miguel Pena. The BMHS will also share its collection of Panama migration photographs in a slideshow at the event.

The public is invited to attend the discussion, which is part of the UWI???s annual Humanities Festival, and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs??? commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal.

Author: Kathy Husbands/Ian Inniss

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