SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Mayor Giuliani's hat. Negative #: 2002.8091
During a ceremony at the World Trade Center site on September 20, 2001, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented this FDNY (Fire Department of New York) cap to Senator John Warner of Virginia, whose state includes the Pentagon.



Location: World Trade Center
Source: Gift of Senator John W. Warner, United States Senator from Virginia


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Clothing from New York City mayor
Description: This collection of clothing worn by New York City Mayor Rudolf Giuliani includes a hat, boots, and two jackets.

Context: On the morning of September 11, lame duck Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was watching the progress of the New York City primary election. Having lost popularity in a public split from his wife, and fighting prostate cancer, Giuliani was ready to step out of the limelight. Instead, the events of the day served to rocket him to the pinnacle of visibility.

Arriving at the World Trade Center just after the second plane hit, Giuliani remained at the center of the crisis for the next sixteen hours. He held press briefings, visited hospitals, comforted families, and returned repeatedly to the attack scene. In the following weeks, wearing a succession of trademark caps, he inspired the city and the nation with messages of compassion, resolve, and resilience.


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Mayor Giuliani
Mayor Giuliani in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Curator William Yeingst holds the hat and phone in a museum storage area.
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Person of the Year
Time magazine choose New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as Person of the Year for 2001.

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