SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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"How did I get these if everything was destroyed during the collapse?"
David Shayt

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"...objects that were there. . .witnesses to this larger event in American history."
William Yeingst
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"Mountains--mountain ranges of steel, of aluminum dominated the skyline..."
David Shayt





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These cards and letters were sent to rescue workers, fire departments, and police officers offering thanks...
This collection of five color photographs taken by Donald Lokuta documents New Yorkers searching for...
This mass of fused coins was recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center...
Roe Bianculli-Taylor used this cell phone to learn about the September 11 attacks as she commuted to...