Remember the Triangle Fire Victims

by Mike Hall

March 25 is the 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City, which killed 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women. Many of them jumped to their deaths from the 10-story factory to escape the fire because they were locked inside.

While the Triangle fire is a prominent part of labor history, not just for its tragedy but as the impetus for new labor laws and workplace safety reforms, there is no permanent memorial.

On Friday in New York City, the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, a nationwide coalition of organizations and individuals committed to honoring the victims, will launch its international design search for the Triangle Fire Memorial.

A ceremony will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at Washington Place and Greene Street in lower Manhattan and will include family members of the victims, union leaders and city and state officials.

Click here to find out more about the memorial project and here for information about the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.

Other Triangle events are scheduled throughout the weekend and you can find out about them from the New York City Central Labor Council here.

Find out about Workers Memorial Day, April 28, here.

Mike Hall is a writer for the AFL-CIO Now blog where this originally appeared.

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