Tomorrow marks the 110th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in United States history. On March 25, 1911, the deaths of 146 workers at a New York City garment factory—most of them immigrant women—galvanized the nascent labor movement, spurring thousands of workers to join the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. Frances Perkins, a professor at Adelphi College who witnessed the fire, was inspired by the disaster to collaborate with labor unions and pass legislation protecting workers’ rights while serving as the United States Secretary of Labor under President Franklin Roosevelt.
At 6pm Eastern tomorrow, members of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition will gather for a virtual commemoration to remember the workers who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Register here to stand in solidarity with current and former labor organizers—and the descendants of victims and survivors of the fire—as they remember the tragedy of March 25, 1911. The virtual ceremony will be simulcast in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Italian, and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.