SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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"What began as just a small name tag led us to this incredible rescue story..."
William Yeingst

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"...but the honor they were giving to the people, the work they were doing, is represented by these hand tools."
David Shayt
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"Objects are witness to the fact that something did exist in the past"
Helena Wright





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This purse belonged to Lorraine Lee, who worked as an administrative assistant at Aon Risk Services,...
FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer wore this clothing and bunker gear on September 11. ...
This hard hat was worn by an iron worker from Chicago, Illinois, who came to New York to help clear the...
This Skilcraft electric wall clock, which hung in the Pentagon helipad fire station, was knocked to the...