Paying Tribute To the Fire’s Pained Legacy
Date of publication: February 23, 2011
Source: The Jewish Daily Forward
Author: Lillian Swanson
Piece by piece, the everyday blouses were assembled by hand, crafted in small steps from cuffs to collars, from basting to buttons. In cramped quarters, garment factory workers stitched the seams, fitted the sleeves and attached the lace as hundreds of $3 shirtwaists took form.
In much the same way, many hands are piecing together nearly 120 different events that will unfold across the nation in February and March to commemorate the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. From Boston to San Francisco and a dozen points in between, artists, authors, academics, labor activists, musicians and many more who are passionate about the Triangle fire and its legacy are creating their own tributes. Some of these will highlight the trials of current garment workers overseas, and the battle for union rights in America...