Saturday, April 2, 2011

Four Girls From One Block On Cherry Street

those 4 girls were
Rosina Cirrito, 18 years old, 135 Cherry Street, (Rose or Rosie Cirrito)
Santina Salemi, 24 years old, 174 Cherry Street, (Sophie Salemi)
Josie Del Castillo, 21 years old, 155 Cherry Street, (Giuseppina Del Castillo)
Frances Salemi, Sophie's sister, survived the fire.
The above Cherry Street addresses were approximately between Catherine and Market.
from last week's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Fire
100 YEARS AGO, New York City experienced its most devastating workplace tragedy before 9/11. In the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 146 immigrant girls, mostly Jewish and Italian, died trying to escape flames that roared through the upper floors of a garment factory near Washington Square. Trapped behind locked doors, many never had a chance to escape. Others jumped out the windows, some hand-in-hand, their hair and clothes aflame. The Triangle Fire became an unparalleled catalyst for social reform. Public outrage over the event galvanized the progressive movement, women's suffrage, and instigated many of the reforms of The New Deal. The Centennial commemoration of the fire presents a unique opportunity for New Yorkers to honor those who lost their lives at Triangle and provides an important moment for the city and the country to reflect on the legacy of "The fire that changed America."
From the Fire a new work created by the Tony nominated composer, Elizabeth Swados, writer/director, Cecilia Rubino, the poet, Paula Finn, and designed by Bonnie Roche-Bronfman, will dramatize the history of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and bring the event into the 21st century.

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