An imperishable memory and an unforgettable experience!
That is how Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, described his visit on Monday to the Museo Interoceanico del Canal de Panama, in Plaza Catedral, Panama City.
During the hour-long tour, Mr. Stuart and his delegation were treated to a pictorial and audiovisual journey through the history of the Panama Canal.
Also on display were artefacts from Panama???s pre-Colombian era, and wax figures of the persons who played a prominent role in both phases of the construction of the Canal.
The Prime Minister was also the first visitor allowed by the Museum to take a photograph with a restored National Flag recovered from the Instituto Nacional, which was torn during the Flag Riots in Panama City in 1964.
???It was my special pleasure to visit this Museum and to see firsthand the pictorial story of the building of the Panama Canal. That pleasure was enhanced by the sight of the name of Barbados and the story of its contribution etched in your records!??? Mr. Stuart told Museum staff following the tour.
He presented Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum, Dr. Angeles Ramos Baquero, with a selection of publications on the contribution of Barbadians to the construction of the Panama Canal; the Spanish version of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society???s exhibition We Were Giants ??? The Story of Barbadians and the Building of the Panama Canal; and a framed collection of stamps issued by the Barbados Postal Service to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Canal???s opening.
In turn, Dr. Ramos presented the Prime Minister with several publications on the history of the Panama Canal. She thanked Mr. Stuart for taking the time to view the exhibition, and reassured him of her organisation???s commitment to telling the story of the contribution Barbadians made to the construction of the Canal.
Accompanying Prime Minister Stuart on the tour were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Maxine McClean; and other members of his delegation.