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Poetry Competition Honors the Memory of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Calling all poets, wordsmiths and rhymers: The Forward is sponsoring a poetry contest to remember the tragic fire that engulfed the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911. According to their website:

“A century ago, 146 workers – mostly immigrant women – died as flames engulfed the floors where they worked at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City.” The fire itself was started innocently – a flare up in a scrap bin under a cutter’s table – but, largely due to the neglectful management and unsafe, sweatshop-like conditions of the factory, it led to one of the deadliest industrial incidents in New York’s history.
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