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Boston College Event Marks 100th Anniversary of Triangle Factory Fire: Mar. 25

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (3-23-11) -- March 25, 2011 is the centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, which took the lives of 146 workers—mostly young immigrant women—and galvanized a movement for social justice.

Boston College will mark the Triangle Factory fire—which occurred on March 25, 1911 and for 90 years remained the worst industrial disaster to occur in NY City—on the anniversary this Friday, with an event at BC’s Robsham Theater Arts Center at 4:30 p.m. in the Bonn Studio.


The BC commemoration—which is free and open to the public—will feature film clips, a theatrical presentation by students, faculty and staff, and a panel discussion with Carl Proper of Unite Here (formerly the International Ladies' Garment Workers’ Union--ILGWU), and BC Professor of History Marilynn Johnson.

The Triangle Factory tragedy had repercussions for decades to come, shaping safety and labor laws first in New York and then throughout the country. It also was pivotal in the labor movement in terms of organizing garment workers who were working under horrific conditions in sweat shops.

According to campus event organizers, to their knowledge BC is hosting the only event in Boston this week related to the anniversary. It is cited on the website, which lists related events taking place in the US, some which run into the summer. In concert with organizations and individuals across the country, the nonprofit  is spearheading centennial events and the establishment of a permanent public art memorial.

For more information on the free, public event at Boston College, contact Patricia Riggin of BC’s Theatre Department faculty at The event is sponsored by BC’s Theatre Department, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the College of Arts & Sciences. BC’s Robsham Theater is located on BC’s Chestnut Hill campus at 140 Commonwealth Avenue.