Scores of events have been scheduled to mark the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The workplace disaster took place March 25, 1911, and killed 146 people — most of them young Jewish and Italian immigrant women. The Forward speaks with the filmmakers behind an HBO documentary on the fire, the composer of a new oratorio about the tragedy, descendants of those who died in the blaze, and strangers who visit the graves of the victims, among others commemorating the somber anniversary.
View a timeline of events leading to and resulting from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire:
Watch a video tour of where the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire took place 100 years ago. Chris Connor, a retired New York City fire marshal, discusses what went wrong on March 25, 1911, and the enduring legacy of the deadly fire.
Watch a video from the Forward’s 2011 inaugural gala in which actress Jill Eikenberry and Isaiah Sheffer, founder of Symphony Space, read a letter from a garment worker who survived the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.