Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Commemoration - March 2013
March 25, 2013 will be the 102nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. One of the ways people are remembered is via the Chalk Project. The name of each person lost in the Triangle Fire, their age and their address is written in front of their building (or where their building formerly was).
Last year I watched my friend Charlene Weisler chalk remembrances of two people who lived in the East village.
Then, I searched for some of the sites up in East Harlem. What was once a tenement in East Harlem is now a community garden. The woman in the 2nd picture, Malinda Futrell, is the head of the garden behind her. She did not know the history of the fire. Now she does.
The official commemoration will take place at noon on March 20th Washington Place near Washington Square this year. Chalking will happen on or just before the actual anniversary on March 25th. If you are here exploring look at the Chalk map and find some of the sites. Pause. Say a prayer. If people wonder what you are up to, explain. They probably do not know or do not remember.
For more information, see my posts from the Hundredth Anniversary and my account of the day in 2011.
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