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Memorial honors 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire deaths that galvanized US labor movement
The victims and legacy of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire are being remembered with a new memorial
NEW YORK (AP) — If people really looked for history at the New York City building where the Triangle Shirtwaist factory once existed, they could find it. There are plaques pointing out that it was the site of a horrific fire in 1911 that became a catalyst in the American labor movement's fight for workplace safety protections.
But for some, a few words on a wall aren't nearly enough to honor the fire's 146 victims.
So after years of effort, the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition on Wednesday is dedicating a new memorial that has no chance of being overlooked.
A giant steel ribbon with the names of those who died in the disaster, predominantly women and girls, has been installed running horizontally from one corner of the building. Underneath it, a reflective panel shows the stenciled names as well as quotes from people who were there, describing the mayhem.