Neighborhood Chalkings Commemorate Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 at 6:48 am by
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[March 2011]Today marks the day when, 102 years ago, a fire tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village. 146 immigrant workers – mostly young women and teenage girls – burned to death or leapt from an inferno that consumed the space in just 18 minutes.  It was reportedly the worst workplace disaster in New York State until 9/11.  From the ashes began the modern labor movement.

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As in years past (since 2004), volunteer chalk writers are organizing around the Lower East Side to scrawl the names of victims outside their onetime homes. These signs soliciting help went up all over the neighborhood over the weekend. The organization behind this commemoratory effort is Ruth Sergel at StreetPictures.org.

Bonus: here is some video we shot during the centennial anniversary back in 2011.

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