June a special time of year for New Haven's Italian community

Jun 27, 2023 530

BY: Frank Carrano

Within the span of 50 years, beginning in1900, the Italian-American community in Wooster Square as able to utilize the free public schools to fully integrate into American society. Even though many of the first-generation children were unable to take full advantage of the opportunity to get a diploma, by mid-century almost everyone graduated from high school and many went on to colleges and universities to pursue professional careers.

Everyone understood the importance of an education, and even those whose economic circumstances required children to work had aspirations for their children to graduate from eighth grade at Columbus School on Green Street, or Hamilton Street School, near Grand Avenue. The graduation ceremonies were considered great accomplishments for the entire family, and something of which to take pride. 

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SOURCE: https://www.nhregister.com

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