Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
A rally in Greenwich Village on the centennial commemoration of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire soon became a rally for organized labor.
As New Yorkers, we know that horrors visited upon us reverberate around the nation. That was true with Triangle.
The conditions the workers labored under gave rise not only to the union movement but also fire safety improvements.
146 people – most of them young, immigrant women – were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on March 25, 1911. At least 120 of the victims were either burned alive or jumped to their deaths from the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the sweatshop near Washington Square Park.