Join Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU) for the commemoration of the 108th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire, one of the pivotal events in U.S. history and a turning point in labor’s struggle to achieve fair wages, dignity at work and safe working conditions.
Outrage at the deaths of 146 mostly young, female immigrants inspired the union movement and helped to institute worker protections and fire safety laws.
The event will be held at the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, on Monday, March 25, at noon at Washington Place and Greene Street, in Manhattan.
During the commemoration, family members and others will read the names of workers who perished during the blaze, and flowers will be laid at the site of the fire while a bell tolls. A fire truck ladder will be raised to the 6th floor of the building, the highest point it could reach in 1911, although the fire engulfed the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors.
In January, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to approve a memorial dedicated to the victims of the fire. Reframing the Sky, designed by architects Uri Wegman and Richard Joon Yoo, will debut next year if supporters can raise $850,000 to cover long-term maintenance costs.