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Office of the Secretary

Staten Island

I'm Carl Fillichio from the Office of Public Affairs of the United States Department of Labor. We're in the Mount Richmond Cemetery in Staten Island, NY, and here, you can find the final resting place for 22 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire who were buried by the Hebrew Free Burial Association. This organization is dedicated to giving indigent Jews a burial with respect and dignity. Many of grave markers for the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory victims make reference to the tragedy. For example, there's a simple grave marker of Beckie Reines reads, “Beckie Reines, Died March 25, 1911, Age 18 Years. Perished in the Triangle fire.” In its 120 years, the Hebrew Free Burial Association has interred more than 60,000 people in New York. It’s the largest provider of free burial services outside of the state of Israel.