The World Trade Center: A Timeline at Ground Zero
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WTC Timeline imageA historic 36 foot timeline exhibition that depicts the tragic and heroic events that occurred at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 – designed by the museum and developed with the assistance of family members who lost loved ones that day is now installed at ground zero.

The timeline, which was installed on the World Trade Center viewing wall on Church Street near the temporary World Trade Center PATH Station, presents a chronological portrayal of events that occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 11:29 p.m. on September 11. The timeline, consists of three 12-foot-wide panels and is based on the museum’s “WTC, 9/11 First 24 Hours” timeline.

The timeline, produced in cooperation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey consists of 13 photographs and three illustrations, including one to orient visitors on where they are in relation to the entire site. All but one of the photos was taken on September 11, 2001. Three of the photos depict police and firefighter heroes from September 11 – Port Authority Police Officer Christopher Amoroso, New York Police Department Officer Moira Smith and FDNY Firefighter Michael Kehoe. Officers Amoroso and Smith died in the collapse of the Twin Towers, and firefighter Kehoe escaped.

The timeline also depicts several objects from the collections of the State Museum recovered from the site, including a PATH patch, evacuation plan sign, elevator plaque from the 78th floor; and primary campaign posters. Over 25,000 visitors from across the world visit the WTC site daily.

This Ground Zero Timeline was produced by the New York State Museum in collaboration with Families of September 11, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Fire Department of New York, New York Police Department, , and The Family Advisory Council of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Photographs are courtesy of Camilo Jose’Vergara, The New York Daily News and Val McClatchey.

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