From Naples you go east and up to the town of Lacedonia which sits near the top of
the mountain spine that divides southern Italy. East of Lacedonia the main road
goes down to Bari and the Adriatic coast.
When I went there to photograph in 1957, from January to June, I met men in the town
square: teachers, artisans, officials, merchants, many poor farmers, and younger
men who had been educated as teachers, but could find no jobs.
In public records for the early 1900s I found long lists of emigrants headed for
New York. While I was in Lacedonia many went to northern Italy and to other European
countries to find work.
Now there is a Wikipedia entry for Lacedonia and a town web site (www.comune.lacedonia.
av.it) with information on local news, history, current cultural and artistic activities,
municipal services and photos of historical interest. Other web sites link to concentrations
of emigrants and their descendants in the United States, especially in Montclair
NJ and Natick MA.
This web site adds some of my photos to the record of the people and the town as
they were in 1957. By the end of next year I hope to add many more photos to this