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The American Story of Molfettese Immigration

 

 

   

1916 - During the summer of 1916, Austrian airplanes bombed several Apulian seaports, including the city of Molfetta where 20 people were injured. Shortly after the incident, Molfetta was the subject of a war bulletin from the famed National Geographic Society of Washington, D.C. This article, with information extracted from that NGS news bulletin, offers the public some background information on the "Old City of Molfetta." Excerpted from the Oct., 17, 1916 edition of the Morning Olympian, Olympia, Washington.

 

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1950 - Since the mid-1920s, Molfettese immigrants brought their religious devotion to the streets of Hoboken with an annual feast commemorating "La Madonna dei Martiri," (Madonna of the Martyrs) one of the two patron saints of Molfetta.(the other being San Corrado) Along with this celebration, Molfettesi immigrants have also adorned their homes, churches and graves with the iconic images of "La Medonne de le Mertere." The following photo is an example of this devotion. Excerpted from the Sept. 8th(?) 1950 edition of the Jersey Observer.

 

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1955 - A real-life scene from West Side Story emerged on the streets of Hoboken when a group of Puerto Ricans clashed with the participants of the annual feast of "La Madonna dei Martiri." It took 150 police officers to end the fighting that spilled over several Hoboken streets. Excerpted from the Sept. 6th 1955 edition of the New York Times

 

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1972 - A great article discussing the Italian American Retirees Club in Molfetta, which was comprised of Italian immigrants who upon recieving their pensions decided to live out the rest of their days in Italy while their families remained in the U.S. from the Dec. 3, 1972 edition of the Plains-Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, p. 1.

 

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1977 - A brief article commemorating the 50th anniversary of the La Madonna dei Martiri Feast held in Hoboken, NJ, every year since 1927. Excerpted from the Sept. 5th, 1977 edition of the New York Times, pg. 35.

 

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