Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Fire with the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Guest Post by Ruth Sergel

The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition grew out of the Chalk project, a commemorative and collective action of inscribing the names and ages outside of the homes of the Triangle fire victims.  Ruth Sergel is the founder of the Chalk project and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, the organization that has put together the most comprehensive list of events related to the Triangle fire.

On March 25, 1911 a fire broke out on the 8th floor of the Triangle Waist Company located just one block east of Washington Square Park. The workers ran to the fire escape. It collapsed, dropping them to their deaths. On the 9th floor, a critical exit was locked. People on the street watched in horror as the workers began jumping out the windows. Fire trucks arrived but their ladders only reached the 6th floor. One hundred forty-six people - mostly young immigrant women - perished. There was a trial but the owners, long known for their anti-union activities, were acquitted.

March 25, 2011 is the Centennial of this infamous fire. In concert with over 200 organizations and individuals across the country, the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition is networking commemorative events – activism, education, the arts – and coordinating the establishment of a
permanent public art memorial.

Please join us!

March 25, 11:00am Workers United Centennial Commemoration: Washington Place and Greene Street, just one block east of Washington Square Park. For more information on this and other centennial events please visit our website:

Posted by Ruth Sergel
Founder of Remember the Triangle Fire Coaltion

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