Interview with Carmen Salvatore






Audio recording


Tapes 13-15





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  • Three cassette tapes. Salvatore was considered a pioneer in Belle Glade, and was interviewed by the FFP for local history. Born in Italy on 22 April 1896, he was a World War I vet, and a founder of Pahokee. In the interview he discusses moving to Florida in 1914, marriage, world War I, Pahokee; work as a fisher; the arrival of roads in 1925; local culture; ethnic conflicts in Florida and New York; farming; work on the local school board in the 1930s; Everglades drainage; Belle Glade history; hunting; bootlegging; the 1928 hurricane; Internal Improvement Board; and early South Florida residents. In 1992, the Palm Beach Community College contracted the Florida Folklife Program to conduct ten days of fieldwork in March 1992 around Lake Okeechobee for a Lakefront Legacy Festival later that year (16 May 1992). Headed up by FFP folklorist Debbie Fant, and assisted by Robert Stone and Robert Shanafelt, the fieldwork involved 26 informants, slides, print images and recorded interviews. In the end, the FFP recommended seven people for festival participation.

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