SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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"...The whole back of the fire truck had melted."
William Yeingst

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"Preservation for posterity, whose uses we can't even, or ought to imagine"
David Shayt
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"...why did the individual feel it was important to photograph?"
Michelle Delaney





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