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Edited by Alfredo Alvarado

Women display banners with the names of workers killed at the factory.

Anniversary of deadly fire remembered

Union activists from District Council 37 and Carpenters Local 157 joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Comptroller Scott Stringer to honor the memories of 146 workers who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The tragic fire occurred on March 25, 1911. The workers, the majority of them Jewish and Italian immigrant women, died in a factory on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place, near Washington Square Park in the West Village.

The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition organized the memorial tribute on March 23 at the site of the old factory. A member of the Fire Dept. of New York rang a bell as each one of the names of the deceased workers was read aloud.

“The women who died in that factory are a part of the history of the union movement in New York,” said DC 37 activist Aurea Manual. “We can’t forget that.”