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Brooklyn

Cemetery of the Evergreens — 1629 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

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Hello, this is Naomi Barry-Pérez. I am acting director for the Civil Rights Center of the U.S. Department of Labor. This is the Cemetery of the Evergreens. The final resting place of eight previously unidentified victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire that killed 146 people on Saturday, March 25, 1911. Originally, these eight people were buried at scattered plots throughout the cemetery. The funeral for these unidentified factory fire victims was attended by an estimated four hundred mourners who braved the pouring rain to pay their respects. Later these victims were reinterred in one location and upon their final resting place was placed a large marble memorial depicting a kneeling woman. Very recently, these last, unknown workers were identified thanks to the work of a diligent researcher who pieced together the puzzle of who these victims are. As a result, at the centennial ceremony marking the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, all 146 names will be read aloud for the first time. The memorial remains, however, and continues to remind visitors of the tragic loss of life that occurred that at the factory. The cemetery welcomes visitors to the memorial on a regular basis.


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