In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory went up in flames. Within 20 minutes, the lives of 146 workers, mostly women, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants, had been lost. One hundred and one years later, Fashion Institute of Technology students took a few hours out on March 21 to chalk the names and ages of the victims on the sidewalk near their school, located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street amid the remnants of New York City’s once-bustling garment district.
On the 100th yahrtzeit of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan that claimed the lives of 146 workers, a memorial ceremony was held Tuesday at Mount Richmond Cemetery on Staten Island, final resting place of 22 of the victims. The ceremony was conducted by the Hebrew Free Burial Association, which arranged the burials in 1911. Amy Koplow, right, executive director of the Hebrew Free Burial Association, places a stone on a victim’s gravestone.
The UPI reporter, William Shepherd, was just by chance on the corner of Manhattanís Washington Place and Greene Street when on March 25, 1911 flames started licking out of the eighth and ninth floors across the street. He knew the place, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. The year before its workers had gone on strike for better conditions.