Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Detail, History of the Needlecraft Industry (1938), by Ernest Fiene, High School of Fashion and Industry; a mural commissioned by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGW).

On March 25, 1911, 146 people lost their lives in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and on March 25, 2011, New York will remember that day with a series of events and exhibits. Most of the victims were young, underpaid, immigrant women who worked long hours in unhealthy, unsafe conditions. The fire led to major changes in workplace labor and fire safety laws.

Among other events, the Hebrew Free Burial Association is planning a memorial ceremony at the gravesites of the 22 victims it buried following the tragedy.

And the Forward has published a special section, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, A Century Later.