Stories and Songs of the Triangle Fire
Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheater (27th St. & 7th Ave., 1st Fl. of D Building, Manhattan)
On March 25th, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women.
One hundred years later, America still struggles with the lessons of the fire. Recent industrial disasters like the Deepwater explosion, the Massey mine collapse, and fires in overseas garment factories that produce for American companies show that we still do not know how to ensure safe workplaces. We also continue to struggle with other issues that the victims of the Triangle fire faced: sexual harassment, crowded and unsanitary housing, powerlessness at work, and invisibility in public debate.
Meredith Tax, author, Rivington Street
Kevin Baker, author, Dreamland
Katharine Weber, author, Triangle
Songs and readings by FIT students