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Pilgrimage to the Panama Canal

The activity is organized, since 1989, by the Society of Friends of the West Indies Museum of Panama, and is part of the activities to celebrate the Canal’s 105th anniversary and the 38th anniversary of the Know Your Canal program.

More than a hundred Afro-descendants aboard three Canal boats navigated the course of the waterway to the Culebra Cut, an 80-kilometer stretch, which claimed many lives during construction work.

Several speakers recalled that thousands of their ancestors “shed tears, sweat and blood” to give the world an engineering work that today is a proud stamp of Panamanians, and that offers an uninterrupted, reliable and safe service to world maritime trade.

Among praises and religious songs, the attendees threw flowers into the waters of the Canal as an offering to the thousands of deceased during the construction work of the Panamanian waterway, which this Thursday August 15 marks 105 years of operations.

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