Posted by Shirley Brady on March 21, 2011 07:00 PM
March 25th marks the centenary of an event that galvanized workers' rights and the fledgling fashion industry in America, in addition to serving as a catalyst for workplace safety, employees rights and women's rights in the workplace, among other labor issues.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York's Greenwich Village claimed the lives of 146 garment workers — all young women, most of them immigrants in their teens — in a tragedy that HBO is remembering in a documentary tonight.
New York's NPR affiliate WNYC also recalls the event and its impact in a story, above, while the Washington Post and CBS Sunday Morning also featured it, among other tributes this week. The New York Times is running an excellent series on its City Room blog.
Friday's centenary will also see chalk pictures on sidewalks in front of the victims' homes, a moving annual tribute. There will also be an official commemoration at the site, overlooking Washington Square Park on the New York University campus, featuring US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
There will be more than 100 events across the US this week. A few more tributes are noted below.