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A Week to Remember the Triangle Fire | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
On Friday, New Yorkers will pause to remember the 146 people who perished in the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village 100 years ago. But commemorations have actually been taking place for several days. On Sunday, the Henry Street Settlement held a tea and reception in memory of the fire victims -- and to reflect on the changes that have occurred in the labor movement during the past century. The organization's executive director, David Garza, said, "We are hosting this tea to acknowledge Henry Street's early support of the rights of women and workers and because so many of the victims lived on the Lower East Side and surely took part in Henry Street's programs." Participants heard from Vivian Sorenson, whose grandmother, Sarah, was employed in the factory but whose life was spared because she missed work the day of the fire to help in her family's dry cleaning business. Lower East Side historian Joyce Mendelsohn also spoke. "We are here today to remember those