Labor History Landmark: No. 6 Washington Square
The Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City is a blog series on Jewesses with Attitude created in honor of Women's History Month and the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Waist Factory fire. Learn more about the series here, or check out JWA's online walking tour.
The 6th of the Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City is Washington Square.
A week after the Triangle fire, a large funeral procession organized by the Jewish unions set out from the Forward building. Another procession, made up mostly of non-Jewish union members, suffragists, and socialists, met them at Washington Square. The two groups, numbering over 100,000, marched together through a driving rain up Fifth Avenue; 50,000 more stood along the route.
About the online walking tour:
Learn about the events surrounding the Triangle fire with an online tour or, if you are in Manhattan, print out these pages and go for an invigorating walk. You can use a "Google Maps Tour" to organize your tour according to the sequence of events, easiest walking, or "most complete" route. If you want to listen to an audio version of the tour on your computer or cell phone, sign up for a free Travelgoat account and download the Triangle walking tour.