Sicilian born river-boat captain Salvatore Pizzati
donated $75,000 to Mother Cabrini in 1906 to build her orphanage on Esplanade Avenue. He was also a patron of St. Joseph's
Parochial School at 417 South Roman Street -- where his name "Captain Salvatore Pizzati" was inscribed in stone
above the main entrance.
Photograph courtesy of
the Louisiana Digital Library.