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Public Intervention (2004 – present)

On 25 March 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire  took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women and girls, and galvanized a movement for social and economic justice.

Each year since 2004, on the anniversary of the infamous blaze, volunteers fan out across the city to inscribe in chalk the names and ages of the Triangle dead in front of their former homes. The chalk will wash away but the following year we return, insisting on the memory of these lost young workers.

If you would like to participate in Chalk 2017 let me know!

Please also see See You in the Streets, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Gaza Ghetto.


The names map was updated in 2014.

The list of names was originally based on the work of David von Drehle and updated based on information from the incomperable Kheel Center website, John Leonard and Triangle family members.

If you have info or suggestions – let me know!

Many thanks to the technical genius + kind heart of John Schimmel and the dedicated work of Andi Sosin and Robin Berson.

coming soon…

Music: Di Fire Korbunes [excerpt] published by Louis Gilrod & David Meyerowitz, 1911
Arranged + recorded by Metropolitan Klezmer, 2011