According to a report in the New York Times, after 114 years one of the nation’s worst industrial tragedies will finally get a memorial. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire will be commemorated in a monument at the site (29 Washington Place, in Manhattan), with funding supplied by the state of New York.
Governor Cuomo is quoted thusly:
“When I was young, I would hear about the Triangle fire,” he said in an interview. “But unfortunately it has faded from memory. It’s one of the formative experiences in how we developed our reform movement. It’s a powerful lesson that young people should study today.”
The reforms that were sparked by the disaster included fire safety laws, worker, and work space safety laws. More broadly, they pointed to needs for different views on labor, immigration, and feminism.
To learn more about the fire, which killed 146 people, read the Case Study: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in WorldView Software’s American History II and Basic American History II. (To learn more about what exactly a “shirtwaist” was, check out this blog post from the Library of Congress.)