In 2001, the last survivor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Rose Freedman, passed away, at the remarkable age of 107. On the afternoon of Saturday, March 25, 1911, Freedman and her colleagues, mostly young immigrant women, smelled smoke. They ran to the doors only to find them locked, a grim measure by the factory owners to keep workers at their stations. Reasoning that the executives might have an escape route, Freedman made her way to the office's 10th floor, then took a freight elevator to the roof, where she was rescued. All but one owner and office worker survived; 146 of Freedman's seamstresses, a few as young as 11, were not so fortunate. Some died from burns, some from smoke inhalation, some from leaping from the eighth-floor windows, shredding firemen's nets as they fell. "Girls in shirtwaists, which were aflame, went flying out of the building . . . you saw these young women literally ablaze,"... More >>>