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Hundreds of Events Nationwide Will Mark 100th Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Organizations and individuals across the country have scheduled commemorative events to mark the centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, on March 25, 1911.

 
PRLog - Feb. 28, 2011 - NEW YORK -- NEW YORK, New York - Organizations and individuals across the country have scheduled commemorative events to mark the centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, on March 25, 1911, and galvanized a movement for social justice. During the week of the official commemoration, conferences, films, theater performances, art shows, concerts, readings, awareness campaigns, walking tours, and parades will take place in and around New York City, and in cities across the nation, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston and Washington, D.C.

A listing of all scheduled events is available at http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/

On March 25, 2011, the 100th anniversary of the fire, events will include the official commemoration ceremony sponsored by Workers United (the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union successor) and the New York City Fire Department, at the site of the fire, now New York University’s Brown Building, located at the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street, which in 1911 housed the Triangle Waist Company on the 8th, 9th & 10th floors. Music, a procession, and speakers including US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other notables will be followed by a ceremony with current garment workers and retirees, family members of the victims, and area school children reading the names of the victims and laying flowers at the original site of the fire, as a fire engine symbolically raises its ladder only to the 6th floor.

"The commemoration of the centennial of the Triangle Fire provides an opportunity to pause and remember the victims of that tragic event and others that followed but also redouble our efforts to fight to improve laws and regulations that protect the safety and health of all workers," said Paul F. Cole, executive director of the American Labor Studies Center, one of the participating organizations.

The centennial of the fire gives students and citizens nationwide an opportunity to explore the issues surrounding the fire, including workers’ rights and workplace safety regulation. The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition has compiled a calendar of events, resources and participating organizations and individuals committed to commemorating the centennial of the tragedy and creating a permanent memorial.

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