Today Marks the 105th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Posted on: March 25th, 2016 at 5:15 am by

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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, Photo: WIki

The chalked scrawls spelling names on the Lower East Side sidewalks today are a reminder of an event that forever changed labor laws in our country. It’s an annual memorial on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, courtesy of the Chalk Project. This tribute marks 105 years since the tragic blaze.

On this day in 1911, 146 immigrant workers in the Greenwich Village facility – 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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Triangle Shirtwaist victim Joseph Wilson at 84 Chrystie St.

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

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