Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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Attended the commemorative presentation today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Very moving ceremony; I weep for the victims and all that this fire represents. May they rest in peace and may we never forget. And thank you for keeping their story alive. – RJH, Hartford, CT   25 Mar 2011

I hope people remember this forever. I'll be in New York tomorrow and I'll stop to say a prayer for those who passed and for those who lived with the horror for the rest of their lives.....may they all rest in peace – Ava Leas, Philadelphia PA   25 Mar 2011

The tears seem to still be fresh, even a hundred years later. Good has only came from it. The closest thing that happend to it in Ohio is the Great Flood that happend in 1913, that killed 12 people in Tiffin and forced changes to be made there May we never forget and may the victims and love ones and anybody affected find peace – Creinhart , New Reigle Ohio   25 Mar 2011

Thank you for making this information available. It is important to remember how we arrived at where we are. May we all continue to learn from our past. – Karen, Olympia, WA   25 Mar 2011

I think this had to be the most horrific tragedy in history and to know the owners got off by hiring a good attorney. How does someone put people behind locked doors. I hope the owners were haunted throughout their life!!! – Lisa Sweger, Harrisburg, PA   25 Mar 2011

It's still sad today, but a lot of good has come from it. My Aunt Chris Llewllyn wrote the book "Fragments from the fire" about the tragic event. – C.M Reinhart, New Reigel,Ohio   25 Mar 2011

This is a wonderful commemorative site for those who perished in the fire. I saw two Goldsteins on the deceased list; that was my mother's maiden name. They might have been my relatives; I'm not sure. What a hopeless feeling reading these accounts. Such tragedy for so many young lives. I hope they all have found rest, as well as their families. – BJ Killeen, Sherman Oaks, CA   25 Mar 2011

every year at this time I read about this terrible fire..may the victims rest in peace... – alan russotto, Bayonne,NJ   25 Mar 2011

Never heard of this tragic story till today. It always has been like this.....die first fix later. So deeply sad! Mothers with their children gone in 18 minutes. Very sad. The owners should have gone to jail. These 146 are not forgotten in God' s memory. He does remember all of them. He will decide what to do. Unfortunately this is still happening quitely all over the world....workers slavery, and the fear of loosing their jobs don't let them speak. What can be done for these people? US has tons of companies in these country and they do not regulate the safety codes for these workers to be protected. Believe me it is happening, but no one here in our big nation wants to see or hear it. – Eva, Illinois   25 Mar 2011

loved the knowlidge ,, – tlt, 16371   25 Mar 2011

Fifty years ago my 5-6 grade class in the New Lincoln School wrote and acted in a play called Chainstitch which told the story of the Fire through a look at the lives of some of the participants (fictionalized versions). It is now fifty years later and I wonder if those who participated are remembering again. – Helen Myers, Waitsfield, Vt   25 Mar 2011

Thanks for this wonderful tribute. One hundred years later & many are just learning about the disaster. – J. James Keating, Cincinnati, OH   25 Mar 2011

My prayers and thoughts are with those 146 souls at this time. Thank you for this website. Barbara M. – Barbara Michaels, Inwood, West Virginia   25 Mar 2011

I am so grateful to work in safe conditions. We owe our workplace safety today, in part, to those who died. Such an immense loss of young lives; let's make sure it is not in vain! We should honor these victims by working safely, standing up for safety in the workplace, and always putting safety first in everything we do. – Alexis, Syracuse, NY   25 Mar 2011

We should never forget why so many died. – Lawrence Benischek , Downers Grove, IL   25 Mar 2011

Beautiful website, very touching. My heart goes out to all, may they be resting in peace. – Evelyn Vergeli, Bronx, NY   25 Mar 2011

My grandmother, Florence Rothmund Dumars, was a witness to this tragedy as she was a teen sweatshop worker on the same block. Your synopsis does not mention that the victims were WOMEN AND GIRLS. This was a huge turning point in the labor movement and we all need to remember that. – Denise Dumars, Los Angeles   25 Mar 2011

May the creator bless all of those who perished ,lost a loved one, or survived this sensless, preventable fire. – CF, New York City   25 Mar 2011

i just returned from the 100 yr ceremony. very moving. so important to remember on many levels from immigrants to womens to workers rights to workplace and fire safety. having survived 9/11 it boggles the mind that 90 years later its almost the same situation. people jumping out of windows. very eerie. we must honor the memories and never forget. very touching to see victims descendents there as well as school trips, unions, fire dept. dont care much for the politicians. however, this event was very important in nyc history from that point of view as well-corruption, payoffs. a system of bldg inspections that didnt work. And, of course rich vs poor - greed and how money always seems to talk. May the victims rest in peace. – ea, staten island   25 Mar 2011

This story.....these interviews. They left me in tears. This exemplifies the working conditions of the Gilded age, before labor had a voice. That voice is now becoming very faint, drowned out in the cacophony of our corporately owned, propagandizing media. We must all work to save America from a return to the time of the Robber Barons, who even now are gaining more control over those who labor to earn a decent living. – brooks faris, Oregon   25 Mar 2011

Thank you so much for keeping this vital piece of history on your website. The impact of this traumatic event continues to reverberate. Having been contacted by a relative on my grandmother's side recently, we have discovered that our Great-Grandfathers' sister was Yetta Rosenbaum, who died on that tragic day in 1911 at the factory. Thank you for keeping her memory alive, along with all the other victims. – Amy Coburn, Philadelphia, PA   25 Mar 2011

A most powerful and vitally important part of our nation's history; a tragic event that must never be ignored or forgotten. May we remember the victims and learn from the past. – Robyn L. Class, Orange, CA   25 Mar 2011

I think that the fire was very sad because some people were burned to death and some died from jumping. It was sad that a woman that got engaged she died in the fire and when her future husband found out that she died in the fire he had a heart attack. So i think today is a special date in history and i am very sorry to the relatives that lost there love one's Love, Jackie 6th grader – Jacqueline Salisbury, Barre,VT   25 Mar 2011

Thanks for keeping the memory alive, especially in current times of fewer worker rights. – duncan moyer, california   25 Mar 2011

I was at the building this morning, 11 March 2011, for the commemoration. It is sobering to note how casually Republicans, Democrats and corporate management across the United States today demonize organized labor and workers generally. – Hugh Sansom, Brooklyn, NY   25 Mar 2011

It is so sad to see what it took to establish labor laws in this country. Today with all the advances labor has made it seems things are going the opposite way. – Roy Rosenblum, Coram,NY   25 Mar 2011

Thirty five years ago I went to the funeral of a relative of my father who survived the fire. By that time in my life I was already convinced that without a strong voice from labor, those that control the means of production will do whatever they feel is necessary to make a profit. Human life will always be more important to me than human greed. – Mitchell Slochower, Suffolk County, New York   25 Mar 2011

To remember the importance of the worker, unionized or non-, is something imperative in a society. All things are built on the labor of the worker. Workers rights must be respected and remembered. – John Hopper, Paris, IL   25 Mar 2011

Hopes that we continue to learn from horrible past events such as the Triangle Factory Fire and how a few stupid decisions can translate into losing so many precious lives. Thank you for this website, as I have learned so much from it. – A. Bethon, Washington, D.C.   25 Mar 2011

I felt it was very important to visit this site today, the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire. Sadly, it seems that many of the lessons that this tragedy taught previous generations, are being forgotten, or ignored, today. – J. Lincoln Hallowell, Brooklyn, NY   25 Mar 2011

May we remember the victims of this tragic event & feel sympathy for their friends & family. And know that their deaths brought forward a time for humans to value life over property and show that we, as a society, can expect each other to adhere to the principles of human dignity. The struggle, unfortunately, still continues. Rest in peace to those we have lost but the living must not rest... – Mitchell Kornblum, Staten Island   25 Mar 2011

Remembering the victims of this tragic event on its 100th anniversary. Thank you to this website for keeping the story alive so something like this doesn't happen again and these young women and men didn't die in vain. – CAL, New York, NY   25 Mar 2011

Thank you for this beautiful, heartbreaking site. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of speaking out for safety in the workplace. – K. C. Boyle, East Lansing, Michigan   25 Mar 2011

Thank you for reminding us where we came from and the fight to obtain the rights we now enjoy. Rights, that too many would freely give up. Left to their own, business is not benevolent, concerned with their employees. They must have regulations, not to do the right thing, just not to do the wrong. – Elisabeth Riley, Wilmington, DE   25 Mar 2011

This should be taught to all school children, so they understand the history and need for unions. Today is th 100th anniversary of the fire. I will be thinking of these people and their family all day. – Roxanne Ricke, Mount Dora, Flrida   25 Mar 2011

when i saw this i felt like i was watching a fenaral i am so sorry for all of you rest in peace.i will nevrr forget – keianna williams, new york   25 Mar 2011

I feel so bad that all those people died – Darius, New York   25 Mar 2011

I'm sorry in 1911 the fire happened and I am sorry 146 people died and i feel very bad about what happened – angie, NY   25 Mar 2011

that is so sad rest in peace i cant belive this happened to so many people. rest in peace :( – jr, vancouver   25 Mar 2011

Today I'm remembering the young people who lost their lives in this utter senseless tragedy. Rest in peace.... – Peter G. Keller, Hyde Park, Cincinnati, Ohio - USA   25 Mar 2011

Some people today fail to remember the importance of Unions in the protection of workers. May those who died never be forgottten. May their memory live on to protect those like me, into the future.......... – SMW, Flushing , NY   25 Mar 2011

I am the Jewish son and grandson of garment workers, the story of this fire was always spoken about in my house. I send my love to the decedents of victims on this day and pray that in the many sweatshops around the world that this will never happen again. – Steven Schwartz, Vancouver, BC   25 Mar 2011

Heard the story for the first time tonight on NPR and had to learn more about this horrible event. May their deaths not be in vain. – BGC, Maryland   24 Mar 2011

Born in New York, I read about this terrible fire as a a little girl. Like LLA stated 100 years later the souls are remembered. Thank you for this site. – cp, seattle   24 Mar 2011

Thank you for providing this information to help us remember the victims of this horrible tragedy. I pray for safe workplaces everywhere. – Kitt Jackson, Delmar, NY   24 Mar 2011

I listened to PBS this AM. They covered the fire of 100 years ago at the Triangle shirtwaist factory. I was interseted in reading about it. When I read and listened to the people that were there, I was deeply moved. What a tragedy, such a loss. Reading about them, those who perished, its chilling. Certainly you as a group put a lot of personal effort and love in remembering those who perished. I thank you for reminding us that these people lived, but they did not die in vain. Because of that terrible loss of life, we have better fire protection rules and better working conditions (Thank the unions of that time to today). May all those who perished rest in peace. – Eric Wolfe, Middletown, MD   24 Mar 2011

Never forget, never forgive. Workers' rights are human rights! – DB, Washington, DC   24 Mar 2011

Thank you. Hope this outstanding effort is the beginning. So many people lost their lives to give us the laws we have today. We are safer because of their tragic sacrifices and they all deserve our respect. Also remember the courageous legislators who passed OSHA and other safety legislation. – Edith Adams, Nevada   24 Mar 2011

As a society, why can't we plan expansive human beings we seem to only move to change from fear or anger...or tragedy...this situation, the sanitation workers in Memphis. This is a great site, wish it was in our history classes with Francis Perkins. Thank you. – Maggie, Madison, Wisconsin   24 Mar 2011

Still a very sad traumatic story. My mom worked in a factory in Philadelphia in the 50's. The unions helped. It is so unbelievable that the owners were not prosecuted more than what they were. What a travesty! – Crystal Robinson, Sicily, Italy   24 Mar 2011

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