Oral Histories

The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s oral history collection tells the story of 9/11 through recorded interviews conducted from different perspectives, most of which cannot be fully captured through written sources.

Paul Howell – Red Cross Volunteer
Six and a half years before 9/11, Howell’s youngest daughter, Karan Shepherd, had been killed in the April 19, 1995 terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City. He wanted to come to the aid of those grieving in the aftermath of 9/11. He would get a chance when an American Red Cross representative reached out to him on Sept. 28, 2001 about traveling to New York. In an oral history he recorded with the 9/11 Memorial Museum several years before his death on March 11, 2013, Howell described his commitment to help and recalled his own feelings in the days following the Oklahoma City bombing.

Shelli and Graham - Daughter and Grandson of 9/11 victim Sandra Lee Wright
Shelli Wright and her son,11-year-old Graham Haggett, remember Shelli's mother Sandra Lee Wright, who died on 9/11. Wright was the Facilities Director for Aon Corporation and her offices were located in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. From everything he knows about Wright, Graham who was just 10-weeks-old on 9/11, is glad that she was his grandmother.

Amy Mundorff – Former Forensic Anthropologist for New York City’s Medical Examiner’s Office 
Days after the 9/11 attacks, Amy Mundorff was part of a team responsible for sorting through the remains of the victims—one of the largest and most complex victim identification projects in U.S. History. At StoryCorps, Mundorff talked with her husband, Kurt, about running away from the debris of one of the collapsing towers after she was dispatched to the World Trade Center as part of a medical assessment unit.