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Please share any information you can about Mt. Home Cemetery in the comments section below!
CAN YOU PROVIDE A LIST OF THOSE BUIED AT MT HOPE, THEIR LOCATION
Unfortunately, we do not have that information in the Panama Canal Museum Collection’s holdings.
You may want to try the National Library of Panama (http://www.binal.ac.pa/binal/) or the National Archives and Records Administration (http://www.archives.gov/) , which may have a record of those buried at Mt. Hope up until the transfer of the canal.
Google or Bing Mt. Hope Cemetery Panama and you will find all kinds of information and pictures w/in the cemetery. During construction it was also called Monkey Hill.
I don’t know the date but at some point in history, the remains of American citizens that were buried in Mt Hope Cemetery were moved to the American Cemetery in Corozal. My husband’s grandfather, Leonard G. Huff, was moved and has two tombstones in Corozal. I reported this to the American Battle Monuments Commission but never got a reply. Who’s buried in Grandpa’s grave? The ABMC website is: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=american+battle+monuments+commission
The Americans (relatives could elect to have family members moved or not) were transferred to Corozal with the transition, early 1980s. My Aunt Dorothy Heim and two infant cousins were moved to Corozal. The first ABMC superintendent for Corozal was Frank DeGuisti and was our duplex neighbor in Cardenas until they got the house built at the cemetery.
I noticed that some of the descriptions of Mt. Hope on the internet said that only black Canal workers from Jamaica, Barbados, etc were buried there and other descriptions said they were segregated from others. That isn’t quite true, Mt. Hope did have different sections, by citizenship. I distinctly remember the Chinese section as it was more elaborate than others.
Hi Peggy Huff
This is Steve Rosholt, Denise Dobbins, neighbor in Ft Clayton.
Last time I heard, you had moved back to the States after many years in Belize
My construction era ancestors, the William F Ashton family, lived across the street from Mt Hope Cemetery, on the hill where the big water tank was in later years. My great aunt Gladys used to tell stories about going to the Chinese funerals because there was lots of candy given out to the mourners.
My boyfriend’s Grandmother of Chinese descent was buried there. The cemetery is in a bleak state of disrepair currently. Her remains were moved to the National Sanctuary in Panama City just a few weeks ago.
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