All our words are written down in chalk out in the rain on the sidewalk
March 26, 2013 2:56 AM Subscribe
Each year on March 25, the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Ruth Sergel and a team of volunteers have installed "Chalk," a public art project commemorating the lives lost that day in 1911.
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Sergel, who also founded the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
has made a publicly available data map that records "the name, home address, likely age, country of origin, and final resting place of all known Triangle Fire victims.
" Says Sergel, "The chalk will wash away but the following year we return, insisting on the memory of these lost young workers."
Of the 146 killed
, 129 were women, mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants. The doors to at least one exit had been locked so management could check their purses for stolen items before they left. At trial, witnesses
described seeing 62 people jump to their deaths.
Some volunteers chalk for their own relatives
, while others
do so to memorialize the event that helped launch the modern labor movement
and put new focus on workplace safety
. The RTF Coalition is currently organizing a permanent memorial design competition
See also the Stolperstein project