NEW YORK (JTA) — New York state is allocating $1.5 million in state funds for a memorial commemorating the victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The memorial will consist of steel panels on the former Triangle building in New York City’s Greenwich Village. One of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history, the fire claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, many of whom were young Jewish women who recently immigrated to the United States. The tragedy led to legislation that addressed factory safety standards and other labor reforms.
“I’m excited about doing this,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Times. “It raises so many of the issues we’re talking about today, like female empowerment. This state has always been a beacon for progressive government policies — on labor rights, women’s rights, how we treat immigrants.”
The memorial’s panels will feature the victims’ names stenciled in the metal along with a narrative explanation of the fire.