Remembering 9/11. Ground Zero 360° at The Field Museum

As Americans, we made a promise on September 11, 2001. We vowed never to forget. Ten years after those tragic events, large-scale, previously unpublished photographs of New York are unveiled at The Field Museum putting you in the middle of Ground Zero on that day and in the months following.

Four days after September 11, 2001, two firefighters observe the still-smoking mountain of wreckage at New York’s Ground Zero. Photo Credit: © Nicola McClean

Ground Zero 360° exhibit creators Nicola McClean, an Irish photojournalist, and Paul McCormack, former commanding officer of the 41st precint of the New York City Police Department, convey the chaos, courage, and emotions of September 11 through photographs and pieces of the World Trade Center buildings. The families of police officer Brian McDonnell and fire lieutenant Paul Mitchell, who both lost their lives that day, have graciously donated personal objects reflecting the stories of the two brave men.

Reactions to the exhibit are very personal, but I encourage you to go with family and friends and find a moment to reflect together. The details of that day are vivid for most, and I found it therapeutic to talk about it. If anything, it renewed my pride in America and the goodness in people.

Terrorists attacks done by few cannot outweigh the heroism of our first responders and the men and women who continue to protect our great nation. And in respect of the victims’ families who continue to carry the burden every day, we must never forget.

In the days after September 11, many families wrote notes to loved ones in the dust covering surfaces throughout lower Manhattan. Photo Credit: © Nicola McClean

Ground Zero 360° honors 9/11 victims and their families and commemorates the valor of New York City policemen, firefighters, ironworkers and other rescue workers who threw themselves into the recovery effort. The exhibit, which runs from September 2, 2011 – January 2, 2012, is free with paid general admission to The Field Museum.

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2 Responses to Remembering 9/11. Ground Zero 360° at The Field Museum

  1. The experts say that dreadful day
    Is better left behind.
    They have not found a single ground
    To keep it on the mind.
    It’s not correct to introspect
    The things you thought and did,
    And most of all there is no call,
    To tell them to your kid.

    But in our hearts our bolder parts
    Are telling us they’re wrong;
    That those who died should live in pride,
    Enshrined in endless song.
    They try to keep our souls asleep
    Inside a sterile fence,
    But in the end we can’t pretend
    It’s still September Tenth.

  2. Jane says:

    I can’t wait to see this exhibit. I’ll be sure to bring some tissue as I’m sure it will be an emotional experience.

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