Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. 146 people died in one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history.
Workers, mainly women, were locked into the factory during their shifts, preventing escape. The single unlocked door was blocked by fire. At least 50 people burned to death on the factory floor, 53 jumped or fell from the windows of the building, 19 fell down the elevator shaft, and over 20 tumbled to their deaths from a broken fire escape. All but 23 were women, mostly young immigrant women, and nearly half of them were teenagers. New Yorkers watched in horror. In the aftermath, laws were changed and unions strengthened to protect the workers.
This memorial installation, done pop-up book style and made from foam board and paper, was created by the first year class at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, coordinated by assistant professor Anne Kong.
|Victims' names and ages written on the sidewalk in chalk.|