Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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Thanks to all who made this page possible. I have read novels based on this fire, and watched programs... the identification of the last six unknown workers is vitally important. The sad thing is this situation could occur again and again even today in some places. The memories and future of these victims rests in the loving hands of our Heavenly Father. – L.A.D., Fayetteville, AR USA   31 Mar 2011

such a tragedy that could of been prevented. god bless them one and all. – m.m., mississippi   30 Mar 2011

oh my god what a sad tragedy happen on March 25,1991 i learned about this in Social Studies my teacher showed me all photos and the victims list now my project i choose to do was poems – Shavena Brown, Brooklyn, NY   30 Mar 2011

Ive read and understood what man can feel and forget through this.... – Rafael Landtrau, Woodbridge, VAQ   30 Mar 2011

What an fascinating and very interesting website! I found it by accident whilst looking at a genealogy website. I remember watching a video in 1986 about the disaster. I was teaching in a small country town in rural Western Australia. The movie and the tragic events that it portrayed, stayed with me for years afterwards. Looking at this wonderfully comprehensive website brought back all those memories and has greatly added to my knowledge and understanding of that tragic event. I still can't believe that the owners weren't jailed for a very long time. Let's hope that God provided 'divine justice' for those poor victims and their families. – Quokka7, Perth, Western Australia   29 Mar 2011

People who forget his history is damned to repat it. Don't forget it never!!. Not forget the big trajectory we have done to improve our Work Conditions – Jordi Ballesta, Barcelona, Spain   29 Mar 2011

Just finished reading the play "The Triangle Factory Fire Project." I was moved and wanted to learn more. – C. Harris., Portland, Oregon   29 Mar 2011

Thank you for making this information known and accessible. These should not be forgotten years, or lives.... – Teresa Davison, Elkville, IL, USA   28 Mar 2011

A terrilbe tragedy,May they rest in in peace.All people should never forget about that sad day March 25 1911.I pray for them all and be at peace . – WAYNE R.HUGHES, HENRICO VIRGINIA   28 Mar 2011

Very sad. Lessons to be re-learned soon I'm afraid. May they rest in peace. – GFY, IDAHO   28 Mar 2011

Well researched, well documented and informative without being too terribly opinionated. Thank you. – Jerry Asbach, Augusta, Georgia   28 Mar 2011

What a powerful site. Thanks to all who gave of their time and talent to put this memorial together. This is something I will be using in my history classes in the future. – Steve Ricard, Benson, MN   28 Mar 2011

people must have been sad 146 people died! that must have been terrible people should have lived but they decided to jump. – lloyd white, Barre Vermont   28 Mar 2011

That was a scarry day i almost had a heart attack when i heard it – Alex Bell, Barre,VT   28 Mar 2011

I think the fire was vary said and i felt bad that they did not have any water to put it out cause they were empty. – ka, vt   28 Mar 2011

75 cents per life. One's heart screams! I was born in NYC in 1924. My mother used to cry when she told me the story.Your site is a great contribution. – Lewis Morse (Retired chemist), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   28 Mar 2011

Thank you, and Mr. Hirsch very much for all the time and effort which made this list and site possible. It's hard to believe that six of the victims had remained nameless for a century, until Mr. Hirsch corrected that. If I had been one of the victims, I know I'd like my name a least to be remembered. The sacrifice of the 146 is memorialized every day when millions of people go to a workplace made safer because of them. Now we finally know all the names of those we should thank for it. They deserve that much. – MG, Los Angeles, CA   28 Mar 2011

We should never forget it shows greed and what tragedy that can occur from it. – Robert Miller, North Babylon, NY   28 Mar 2011

"Pray for the dead; fight like hell for the living." – Elena Mora, Bronx, NY   27 Mar 2011

I'm originally from NJ & I remember my Grandmother telling the family that she had worked there & described the sounds of the bodies jumping out of windows like a sack of potatoes; she had however, by an act of God possibly or her Grandchildren wouldn't be here escape down some stairs to get somehow to the bottom floor. – Denise, Florida   27 Mar 2011

Thank-you for this site. It makes one more grateful for my life. Hopefully, those that know about this sad and horrific incident will tell others. In doing so, the victims won't be forgotten & theirs won't be senseless – L. G. Owens, St. Joseph, Mo.   27 Mar 2011

This is a poignant and timely reminder that Unions are not only concerned with pay and benefits but, most importantly, with safety and working conditions – Mary Coffey, Williamstown, NJ   27 Mar 2011

Thank you for keeping alive for us an important historical lesson--unions are necessary to counter the effects of human greed. Let's not forget that in our time (Wisconsin). – CCS, Homer, NY   27 Mar 2011

Thank you for this history, for the facts. A horrible tragedy fueled by greed changed the course of labor's history as well as building codes and firefighting. Our citizenry abhors facts. Absent being informed, I await a cataclysmic catastrophe that might save our country from its demise. – Stephen Karpiak, New York, NY   27 Mar 2011

I was reading a magazine today with this article in it. Until today, i didnt know, or had never heard. Even tho it has been over 100 years, they are still remembered. It is a great shame that so many people loose their lives to these kinds of tragedies. It is their memories that keep us reminded every day to make sure the people we love are safe. As a Security Officer, it is my job everyday to make sure the people that work with me are safe. I pray i can do my best. – Cynthia Ernzen, St. Joseph MO.   27 Mar 2011

Today let us remember these girls and honor them for opening the doors to the safety and comforts we have now. My grandmother, who worked across the street, watched the girls falling thinking that one of them was her brand-new sister-in-law of 6 weeks. Actually the body was never found and was probably one of the ones that had turned so totally to ash that it simply crumbled to dust when touched. She would never speak of it, just shake her head, get a terrible look on her face and wave us away because she could not speak. But as the unions are being legislated out of existance in one state after another using the excuse of "budget management" or "cost-savings", remember that, given protection from the law, unscrupulus employers will always put profit above safety; we in New Orleans have seen it just off our shore where 12 workers died in the oil rig explosion last year. Let us salute the Triangle Girls and carry on their legacy. – Holly, New Orleans, LA USA   27 Mar 2011

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Now, when worker's rights are under attack, it's time to rise up and beat back the greedy corporations and corrupt politicians who have sold their souls for the almighty dollar. – Nancy, Chicago   27 Mar 2011

thank you for this very thorough and informative website. I wanted to learn more after I finished watching the HBO documentary. History is so important, so that we don't make the same mistakes. – rm, bronx,ny   27 Mar 2011

Great research site to remember those that perished. Let's continue to enforce the laws and regulations that protect those that make America a great place to work. – Andrew, Ann Arbor, MI   26 Mar 2011

A terrible tragedy. May they rest in peace. – LAB, Kingston, New York   26 Mar 2011

Sad. – GM, cLAYTON, NY   26 Mar 2011

thoughts of Bessie Viviano who lived on my block – wk, e 50s nyc   26 Mar 2011

Thank you for publishing this tribute to those who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy. A hundred years later, there are still people promulgating the myth that employers will voluntarily behave responsibly and that unions have outlived their usefulness. Human nature has not changed. Only the unions and strong pro-labor regulations will protect the workers of today. – Sue Whelan, Whitby, ON Canada   26 Mar 2011

Thank You for all your hard work. We as a nation should never forget how it used to be and continue to fight for union rights. – Iris Levitski, Washington   26 Mar 2011

"lest we forget" -- the "Long Memory" is our greatest weapon --on the blood of the workers our progress floats – Bob Suckiel, Kansas City Mo.   26 Mar 2011

Lest we forget. This tragedy is an important and not to be forgotten or ignored event in America's history. For the relatives of those who perished take solace they are still in our prayers. This tragedy had far reaching effects beyond the personal grief. – Peter F Brennan, Florida - Born raised The Bronx, NY   26 Mar 2011

My grandfather saw these young people fall to their deaths. He never got over it. – Barbara Spinelli Hardester, Maryland   26 Mar 2011

This is why we needed unions then... and why we still need them today. Rest in peace, and thank you for your service to all Americans. – Kate McIntyre, Los Angeles   26 Mar 2011

Ironically, my new History Channel magazine arrived and it also had a wonderful story about the fire. Thank you for offering this wonderful site. – Judith Sabo, Escalon, Ca   26 Mar 2011

My grandmother knew a few of the girls that perished. She worked in a paper bag factory with similar conditions and remembered the poor souls that perished her entire life. She said she saw them in her dreams, in flames. Thank you for such a wonderful site, because I have heard about the Triangle Factory Fire my entire life, I'm always shocked when people don't know this important part of history for NYC & the labor movement...I tell them that every time they see that red EXIT sign above a door, it's there because of those 146 who lost their lives...let us never forget them. Thank you.. – M.R., NYC   26 Mar 2011

When I was a child, my father, who had always been active in his union, told us repeatedly about this fire...and what to look for in buildings where we lived or worked to be safe. I'm glad to see this wonderful site using the internet to showcase primary and secondary history's very powerful, and my father would have been glad too. Did anyone else notice how the pictures of the Triangle memorials got smaller in the 80's and 90's? Part of that is the natural fade of events into deeper history, but I think part of it shows a rising complacency that 'such things could never happen again.' If only. Thank you again for this incredible, accessible, engaging archive. – Kimberly Bush, San Antonio, Texas   26 Mar 2011

On this day, the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, I pray that the 146 victims may rest in peace, knowing that they are remembered and mourned a century after their tragic deaths. The sadness and horror of that day, March 25, 1911, are captured in every word and picture on this tremendous website. Thank you for compiling all of the relevant information about the Triangle fire in a way that respectfully honors its victims. Each one of their lives is important, and their deaths must remain a constant reminder to us of the sacrifices made by all who fought for decent wages and safe conditions for all laborers. It is tremendously important that we continue that fight today, when unions are being demonized by those who, because of their greed, want to take us back to the wages and conditions that the Triangle workers endured. We must fight to emphasize the importance of unions, so let us do so in memory of the Triangle fire victims. – Mary C. Malarkey, Girardville, Pa.   25 Mar 2011

100 years and they will not be forgotten. Rest in peace. – M. Stechly, Mokena, IL   25 Mar 2011

I remember learning about this in school and saw the PBS documentary on it recently. When greed wins out over human lives, it is a sad and terrible thing. And the owners were never punished. – TMS, Upstate NY   25 Mar 2011

100 years. Have we learned anything at all? – Bruce Marshall, Santa Paula, CA   25 Mar 2011

My childrens great great grandmother was one of the woman who died in this fire. Every yr in school when they cover the topic they bring her picture in and share it with their class, I dont think they realize that she has a speical place in history. – J Cavalier, New Jersey   25 Mar 2011

you are remembered – chipsdad, de   25 Mar 2011

This is a very sad story but I am happy that this website exits with memories honored and also this something that should never be forgotten. – Marie Kenealy, Milford, CT   25 Mar 2011

The documentary today made it clear that free-for-all, unregulated capitalism and a government whose agenda is total business profit to the contrary of the common good, cannot help but lead to a Triangle-level disaster of some sort. My fear in today's political climate, when you consider factors like the Republican governors' coordinated effort literally to destroy the Labor movement, is that they'll be ready for any populist outrage with a well-funded pushback that is more overwhelming than any of our paltry "outrage". The result will not likely be a triumph of progressive enlightenment, like there was after Triangle. We may no longer as a people be in a position to demand anything of our bought-and-paid for government, as American Labor was able to do after Trinagle. – Russ DiBello, New York, NY   25 Mar 2011

How timely the 100th anniversary of this tragedy is, what with workers still struggling for collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio, as well as in other states across the nation. Thank you for keeping this history and the memory of those who lost their lives front and center in our national conciousness on this day of remembrance. – Sharon Genung, Santa Barbara, CA   25 Mar 2011

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