100 Years Since the Triangle Fire: Celebrate and Commemorate


Triangle Factory fire commemoration

The Triangle Factory fire took place on Saturday, March 25, 1911 in lower Manhattan. It left 146 dead—mostly young Jewish and Italian immigrant women. The fire began near closing time, most likely the result of a cigarette tossed into a wastebasket. It was fueled by the piles of highly flammable cotton blouses—known as "shirtwaists"—that the factory produced by the thousands. The flames spread so quickly that all three floors of the factory were soon engulfed.

Map of related locations

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Chicago Women's Labor Mosaic
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Mosaic: "Fabric of Our Lives," Miriam Socoloff and Cynthia Weiss, Chicago Public Arts Group, 1980.

Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition

For a complete list of events commemorating the Triangle Fire around the United States please visit the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition website.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Triangle Factory fire commemoration." (Viewed on April 18, 2014) <http://jwa.org/triangle>.