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September 11, 2001 attacksCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2001
World Trade Center, September 23, 2001.
On September 11, 2001, two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters
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View of Lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge, September 11, 2001
View of Lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge, October 1979
View of Lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge, November 1979
Reconstruction at Ground Zero, site of the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers, New York, New York

Reconstruction at Ground Zero, site of the attack on the World Trade C...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

American Flag 1

American Flag 1

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Crying Towers

The Crying Towers

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

God Is In Control
Love Your Enemy
Memorial at the Pentagon-Marine Flag
[Fire fighting in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighting in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

The World Trade Center attack was awful and my cousin's leg got broken from the people running on him / Erik Colbourne.

The World Trade Center attack was awful and my cousin's leg got broken...

Drawing shows World Trade Center towers, New York City, with text written around them and crying eyes in upper right corner. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 A... More

[Rescue workers amid debris following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Rescue workers amid debris following September 11th terrorist attack ...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

[Fire fighters amid smoking rubble following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighters amid smoking rubble following September 11th terrorist ...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Patricia e Rose Olho por olho, dente por dente, e o mundo acabara cego e banquela.

Patricia e Rose Olho por olho, dente por dente, e o mundo acabara cego...

Title from item. Title translation from Portugese: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and the world will end up blind and toothless. Photographer is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery ... More

Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part 1 of 2)

Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part ...

Video Recording, Non-Music. Interviewee occupation: Captain, United States Marine Corps. Summary: Howard Marotto was in Jacksonville, Florida when the September 11 attacks occurred. He thought, at first, that t... More

Photo of Twin Towers With Note Left on Base of Lady Liberty
Interview with Lorenzo Maffin, Naples, Italy, November 15, 2001
Dream state, 10:05 a.m., 9/11/01 / D[...].

Dream state, 10:05 a.m., 9/11/01 / D[...].

People watching the World Trade Center burning from a distance, following the September 11th terrorist attack, New York City. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 ... More

Nothing feels safe anymore / Daniel DiGia.

Nothing feels safe anymore / Daniel DiGia.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002. Title from item.

God bless America and peace / St. Joseph's.

God bless America and peace / St. Joseph's.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item.

American Folklife Center: No No

American Folklife Center: No No

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Interview with Irene Palad, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interview with Irene Palad, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording-Non-Music. Summary: Irene Palad was shocked that America was attacked by a Third World entity. She talks about security, changes in America, and her future plans.

American Folklife Center: The Soldier
Memorial at the Pentagon - In Memory Of
[New York City fire fighter and another man covering his eyes on street in front of burning buildings following Septmber 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[New York City fire fighter and another man covering his eyes on stree...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

9-11-01, New York City / Andrea Arroyo.

9-11-01, New York City / Andrea Arroyo.

Burning World Trade Center towers depicted as two columns of the repeated word "unreal," during the September 11th terrorist attack on New York City. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Glob... More

Prayer for my block--Chambers Street / Carter Hodgkin.

Prayer for my block--Chambers Street / Carter Hodgkin.

A photograph of a New York City street superimposed with Arabic text. Decorative colored papers surround the image. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. "... More

Near the End of Fall
Interview with Carolyn Mooney, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interview with Carolyn Mooney, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Carolyn Mooney was stunned after learning about the attacks. She found it frustrating to be in Italy and not be able to do anything to help.... More

Bus with Flag On It
Dear U.S.A., over the summer a tragic event changed my life ... / Courtney McClean, Lake Rejion [i.e. Region] Middle School, Bridgton, Maine.

Dear U.S.A., over the summer a tragic event changed my life ... / Cour...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Photocopy of handwritten letter from a middle school student. Title from item.

I Did a Bald Eagle

I Did a Bald Eagle

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Pray for Our Nation
American Folklife Center: Infamy II
I watch the sky a lot / Jessica Hall, artist, London, England.

I watch the sky a lot / Jessica Hall, artist, London, England.

Title from item. Forms part of: the Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002. pro... More

Pray Without Ceasing
[Melted red, white, and blue candle wax on a sidewalk, following the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City]

[Melted red, white, and blue candle wax on a sidewalk, following the S...

Title devised by Library staff. Published in: Lamentation 911 / text by E.L. Doctorow ... photographs by David Finn. Millwood Pub., 2002. Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2002:100.4

[Signs responding to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City, September 11, 2001]

[Signs responding to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, N...

Photograph shows a banner hanging on a wire fence "Our spirit is strong" and a placard "NYC is not ready for war." Title devised by Library staff. Published in: Lamentation 911 / text by E.L. Doctorow ... photo... More

Interview with Karl Kish, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part 3 of 3)
Memorial at the Pentagon - Psalm 23
Interview with Karl Kish, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part 1 of 3)

Interview with Karl Kish, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part 1 of ...

Video Recording, Non-Music. Interviewee occupation: Chaplain, United States Navy. Summary: Karl Kish was at work when the attacks occurred. At first, he felt a mixture of shock and apathy. He talks about his fa... More

Interview with Allen Hamby, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 2 of 2)

Interview with Allen Hamby, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 2 o...

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Allen Hamby discusses his parents, plans for enlisting in the Navy or studying computers, and his hopes to get to the bottom of what really ... More

[Notices and pictures of missing persons posted on a city mailbox following the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City]

[Notices and pictures of missing persons posted on a city mailbox foll...

Title devised by Library staff. Published in: Lamentation 911 / text by E.L. Doctorow ... photographs by David Finn. Millwood Pub., 2002. Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2002:100.3

"SP.M.0911" / Angela de Rosette.

"SP.M.0911" / Angela de Rosette.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item. Edition: 1/200 (scream).

American Folklife Center: Latino Market
[Fire fighter at base of burning building following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighter at base of burning building following September 11th ter...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part 2 of 2)

Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part ...

Video Recording, Non-Music. Interviewee occupation: Captain, United States Marine Corps. Summary: Howard Marotto was in Jacksonville, Florida when the September 11 attacks occurred. He thought, at first, that t... More

View of Lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge, September 2001
Garrison Road Sculpture
Everyone was cool, everyone was chillin' ... / Ronnie Rogers, EHTP.

Everyone was cool, everyone was chillin' ... / Ronnie Rogers, EHTP.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Poem by a student in the Hip Hop Activism class at the East Harlem Tutorial Program. Title from item. Exhibited: Witn... More

[Fire fighter in front of burning building and rubble following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighter in front of burning building and rubble following Septem...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

[Rescue worker reaching into a New York Police car covered with debris while New York City fire fighters spray water on smoldering ruins in background, following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Rescue worker reaching into a New York Police car covered with debris...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Rally For Your Country
[New York City fire fighter pulling water hose from fire truck amid debris and burning buildings following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[New York City fire fighter pulling water hose from fire truck amid de...

Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ... Title devised by Library staff.

Interview with Donato Maffin, Naples, Italy, November 15, 2001

Interview with Donato Maffin, Naples, Italy, November 15, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Donato Maffin was twelve years old at the time of the interview. He learned about the attacks from his mother. They listened to a radio broa... More

After the screaming I ran to the roof with my camera and started shooting. I felt nothing. It was like watching a movie / Marc Yankus.

After the screaming I ran to the roof with my camera and started shoot...

Photograph shows burning World Trade Center buildings with church dome in foreground following September 11th terrorist attack in New York City. Title from item. Forms part of: the Exit Art Gallery Reactions Co... More

I felt-- shocked & angry. USA, united, democracy, equality ... / submitted by Sara Handspicker, Lake Region Middle School (LRMS), Bridgton, ME, Age 12 1/2.

I felt-- shocked & angry. USA, united, democracy, equality ... / submi...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002. Title continues: Honesty... More

My Country Tis of Thee

My Country Tis of Thee

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Interview with Tyler Hautau, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 1 of 2)

Interview with Tyler Hautau, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 1 ...

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Tyler Hautau was at football practice when he learned about the attack on the Pentagon. He thought of Pearl Harbor and World War III. He was... More

How my life has changed / Hilary North.

How my life has changed / Hilary North.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002.

Ahhhh

Ahhhh

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

September 12, 2001, new vocabulary ground zero, the pile, suicide hijackers, missing ... / / Liz Johnson.

September 12, 2001, new vocabulary ground zero, the pile, suicide hija...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002.

Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01 / Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt.
Our grief is not a cry for war / Jim Costanzo.

Our grief is not a cry for war / Jim Costanzo.

Photograph shows artists standing in formation on the street at Union Square or Times Square in New York City wearing dust masks and signs with the text: "Our grief is not a cry for war." Part of a performance ... More

[Three New York City fire fighters in front of burning building following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Three New York City fire fighters in front of burning building follow...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

I Love You Mom
God Bless America

God Bless America

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

[Fire fighters carrying water hose through rubble September 11th following terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighters carrying water hose through rubble September 11th follo...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

You Will Never Be Forgotten
[Two rescue workers entering the American Express Tower following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]
[American flag amid rubble following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[American flag amid rubble following September 11th terrorist attack o...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

American Folklife Center: Two Angels

American Folklife Center: Two Angels

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Interview with Rosanne Wagner, Naples, Italy, December 2, 2001 (part 1 of 2)
There are No Words
Ré-action

Ré-action

Picture shows a large assembly of Muslims seen from behind; the word "Ré-action" is hand-written in red across the image. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Atta... More

[Memorial for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City; with candles, flowers, mementos, and photo of the twin towers]

[Memorial for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on th...

Title devised by Library Staff. Published in: Lamentation 911 / text by E.L. Doctorow ... photographs by David Finn. Millwood Pub., 2002. Exhibited: "Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions" at the Libr... More

Interview with Branden Montgomery, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001
American Folklife Center: It's OK

American Folklife Center: It's OK

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Interview with Mark Andrew Williams, Naples, Italy, November 10, 2001

Interview with Mark Andrew Williams, Naples, Italy, November 10, 2001

Video Recording, Non-Music. Interviewee occupation: Petty Officer 1st Class, United States Navy. Summary: Andrew Mark Williams speaks about family, career, and his initial reaction to the attacks. He thinks the... More

American Flag 2

American Flag 2

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Interview with Rosanne Wagner, Naples, Italy, December 2, 2001 (part 2 of 2)

Interview with Rosanne Wagner, Naples, Italy, December 2, 2001 (part 2...

Video Recording, Non-Music. Interviewee occupation: Engineer, United States Navy. Summary: Rosanne Wagner talks about the changes she expects to occur in America, her family, flying, the USS Cole bombing, Osama... More

Poetry Left At Memorial
Wanted, Dead or Alive
Remote control, 2000 / Nebojsa Seric Shoba.

Remote control, 2000 / Nebojsa Seric Shoba.

Poster showing a remote control device capable of "life/death" decisions, suggesting that the power to manipulate one person's life is often in another person's hands. Created in response to the September 11th ... More

[Stylized American flag bleeding in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States] / Ziva Kronzon.

[Stylized American flag bleeding in response to the September 11th ter...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002. Title devised by Library staff.

Sequoyah Elementary School Cares
WTC 010911 9:15 AM / S. Torre, New York City.

WTC 010911 9:15 AM / S. Torre, New York City.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item. Creator's full name from email message sent 9-12-02.

Vigil Near the Seattle Space Needle
[World Trade Center Twin Towers during the September 11th terrorist attack, New York City] / M. Miller.

[World Trade Center Twin Towers during the September 11th terrorist at...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Edition: 1/3000. Title devised by Library staff. Information on media provided by the artist, 9-11-2002. Exhibited: W... More

[Three New York City fire fighters spraying water on smoldering ruins following the September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Three New York City fire fighters spraying water on smoldering ruins ...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Interview with Yasman Williams, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interview with Yasman Williams, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Yasman Williams, who was born in San Diego, California, has lived most of her life abroad. She thought that the September 11 terrorist attac... More

Interview with Christina Rico, Naples, Italy, November 15, 2001

Interview with Christina Rico, Naples, Italy, November 15, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: At first, Christina Rico didn't fully comprehend the attacks. It really "hit home," however, after learning that her father, who works at th... More

Interview with Nicole Roach, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001

Interview with Nicole Roach, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: A friend called Nicole Roach to inform her that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been bombed. She talks about her fears of living... More

A full week after the blasts, there are still immense clouds of smoke coming from lower Manhattan ... / Donna Henes.

A full week after the blasts, there are still immense clouds of smoke ...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item.

What was your first reaction? Vukovar 91, Mogadishu 93, Sarajevo 92 ... / / Maria Dujmović Kondres.

What was your first reaction? Vukovar 91, Mogadishu 93, Sarajevo 92 .....

Picture shows vignettes of ballet dancers performing, with text superimposed.

Rest in Peace
Can't stop watching tv / MB.

Can't stop watching tv / MB.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002. Title from item.

Interview with Sarah Campbell, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001

Interview with Sarah Campbell, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Sarah Campbell had difficulty believing that the attacks occurred even after watching them on television. She's shocked that America has no ... More

[Skyline of Manhattan with smoke billowing from the Twin Towers following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Skyline of Manhattan with smoke billowing from the Twin Towers follow...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs...

Memorial at the Pentagon - Flag 2
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