Today in LES History: Lincoln in the Five Points, Triangle Shirtwaist Settlements

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 at 5:10 am by

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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, Photo: Wiki

1860 — Shortly after a campaign stump at Cooper Union, presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln took a Sunday stroll through the slums of the Five Points. He was there to visit a new Sunday school that opened and meet with the impoverished students and teachers.

1913 – Owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory settled a lawsuit stemming from the tragedy which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers two years earlier. Sum total of $10,950 was paid out; that amounts to $75 per life lost.

Today in LES History is compiled by Lower East Side History Project, an award-winning non-profit organization which offers research, consulting and daily public and private walking tours. See the full schedule here: http://leshp.org.

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