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In a ceremony that took place in the Torres de Alba hotel, the Afro-Antillean Museum announced its new Board of Directors for the period 2015-2017. The act was presided over by the director of Panama’s National Institute of Culture (INAC), Mariana Núñez Haugland, and the National Museum Director, Orlando Hernández.
The new board comprises the following individuals: President Verónica Forte; Vice President Rafael McClean; Treasurer Melva de Goodin; Secretary Damaris Jiménez; Correspondence Secretary Catalina Garrido; Public Relations Specialist Amaly James; Admissions Secretary Carmela Gobern; Social Welfare Secretary Gloria Branch; International Affairs Secretary Alonso Gobern; Legal Advisor Eduardo Smith and Vocal Anthony Mclean.
The Afro-Antillean Museum was founded in 1980 to preserve and promote the contributions of those of Afro-descent who came to the country from the Antilles region of the Caribbean for the construction of the Panama Canal Rail Road and waterway. The building that houses the museum was erected in 1910 by workers who hailed from Barbados. In 2014, the museum received more than 2,000 visitors.
The Afro-Antillean Museum is located on the corner of Calle 24 Este and Avenida Justo Arosemena. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For more details, call Tel. 501-4131, write Info@Samaap.org or visit Samaap.org.