Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
On the afternoon for March 25, 1911 a fire broke out on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The fire spread trapping many immigrant women and children inside and within 15 minutes 146 workers died. The fire provided the necessary catalyst for the garment industry to organize and unionize, resulting in better working conditions for those in the trade.
Check out NPR’s story and images from the fire by clicking here.