A New Generation Learns the Lessons of the Triangle Fire

Photo by Heidi Gutman.

Photo by Heidi Gutman.

Across the neighborhood yesterday, people of all ages were “chalking” in memory of the 146 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The tragedy happened 102 years ago in Greenwich Village but many of those killed lived on the Lower East Side.  One group started at the Neighborhood School, 120 East 3rd Street.  Vivian Sorenson and Gary Meister, as well as their photographer friend, Heidi Gutman, shared some photos from the morning’s activities with us.

Three young Triangle Fire victims – all East 3rd Street residents – were memorialized in chalk: Jennie Stein (18), Fannie Hollander (18), Rosie Brenman (23) and Sarah Brenman (18).  Vivian Sorenson has a personal connection to the fire, one of the worst workplace tragedies in this country’s history.

A Week to Remember the Triangle Fire

On Friday, New Yorkers will pause to remember the 146 people who perished in the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village 100 years ago.  But commemorations have actually been taking place for several days. On Sunday, the Henry Street Settlement held a tea and reception in memory of the fire victims — and to reflect on the changes that have occurred in the labor movement during the past century.