Friday, March 25, 2011

A Tragic Centennial

I'm writing tonight from beautiful Tybee Island. It's a shelter island off the northern coast of Georgia, about 17 miles from Savannah. The steady's sister is getting married here tomorrow.

But, before the day passed, I wanted to make mention here at the blog about a tragic centennial that more people should know about. Today, March 25, is the 100th anniversary of the horrible fire in 1911 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City's Greenwich Village.

The fire broke out in what is now New York University's Brown Building (on Washington Place off Washington Square East). As a student at NYU in the 1990s, I walked its halls.

Below is a portion of PBS' American Experience documentary about the factory and the 146 garment workers killed there (most of whom were Italian and Jewish immigrant women).

In remembrance:

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