The Triangle Shirtwaste Fire
On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned, killing 145 workers. It is remembered as one of the most infamous incidents in American industrial history, as the deaths were largely preventable–most of the victims died as a result of neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building. The tragedy brought widespread attention to the dangerous sweatshop conditions of factories, and led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of workers.
In September 2017, I went to the site of the tragedy, which is now home to New York University’s Brown Building of Science in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
What really happened there at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911? What secrets does the building still hold?