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Triangle Factory Fire Trivia

Facts You May Not Know


Ruins After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Ruins After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Courtesy Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library

• The ILGWU membership grew from 30,000 in 1909 to 250,000 in 1913.

• The last survivor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Rose Freedman, died in February 2001, just short of 90 years after the fire.

• The Asch Building -- now the Brown Building -- still stands in Manhattan, and is a National Historic Landmark.

• Safety lessons learned? The ship Titanic was being built while the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was burning -- and it was outfitted with life-saving equipment for only about half of its passenger capacity.

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