Some 146 people portrayed those killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire at a New York march commemorating the 100th anniversary of 1 of the nation’s deadliest industrial disasters.
Participants wore period dress for Sunday’s event. It started at 1:46 p.m. at the downtown Manhattan site of the former factory and ended at the Museum at Eldridge Street. It’s in an area where many of the slain workers lived. The march is meant to symbolize the trip home they never got to make after the fire on March 25, 1911.
The victims were mostly young immigrant Jewish and Italian women. Many jumped to their death to escape the flames. The blaze fueled the American labor movement and prompted numerous fire safety measures.
Each walker wore a plaque with the name, age, address and death date of the worker he/she is commemorating.
Photos by James and Karla Murray