Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – Commemorations This Weekend

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Sunday marks the 107th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, one of the most devastating workplace tragedies in American history. On March 25, 1911, 146 people, most of them Lower East Side immigrant women, perished in the Greenwich Village factory building. Several events are scheduled to remember the victims and to revive the spirit of activism that followed the fire.

The official commemoration takes place tomorrow (Friday) from 11:30 a.m. 1- p.m. The starting place is Washington Place and Greene St. More details here.

On Sunday, as in years past, activists will fan out across the Lower East Side to CHALK the names of the Triangle Fire victims on the sidewalks in front of their homes. There’s more information about that project here.

On Saturday, the Stanton Street Shul will hold its’s annual kiddush to mark the Yahrtzeit (anniversary) of those who died. As the synagogue’s Facebook invite explains, “Their ongoing struggle to earn a living as poor immigrants reminds us of the necessity of defending immigrant rights, and the rights of poor people today.”

You can visit the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition’s website for more events.