Design contest to honor Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire victims, legacy

The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition (RTFC) is seeking entries for an international design competition to honor the victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its legacy. The memorial will be located in New York City on the exterior of the building, where this historic fire occurred.

One of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history, the fire killed 146 garment workers, who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were young women, and most were recent immigrants.

“In telling the story of the Triangle Fire and offering tribute to the victims, immigrant workers, women activists and social reformers, the memorial should both educate and inspire,” according to the Coalition. “This memorial should recall not just the tragedy and every worker who perished, but also reflect the unique importance of the many workers’ rights movements, safety laws, and social welfare policies that resulted from this fire.”

The 1st Place Winner will receive $5,000; 2nd Place $3,000 and 3rd Place $1,500.

A publication of the jury selection and others, along with a gallery and online exhibition will be available for public viewing.

The mission of The Coalition is to raise public awareness of the Triangle Fire and its legacy and to activism and the continued fight for workers’ rights.

A publication of the jury selection and others, along with a gallery and online exhibition will be available for public viewing.

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