WTC underground garage. Photo by Allan Tannenbaum.

Oral Histories

Jeannine Ali
In 1993, Jeannine was working on the 45th floor of the North Tower during the February 26th bombing. She remembers her reaction when her husband told her over the phone later that day that a bomb had caused the explosion: "To hear him say the words ‘terrorists’ and ‘bomb,’ my knees - my legs just went out completely from underneath me and I just collapsed in the PATH Station.”

Charles Maikish
Beginning as a college engineering student, Charles Maikish spent nearly his entire career at the World Trade Center with diverse responsibilities for managing the building. In honor of the 15th anniversary of the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Maikish talked with the 9/11 Memorial Museum staff about his memories of the bombing and the memorial created in honor of the people killed in that attack. Listen to a short excerpt of that interview.

Guy Tozzoli
The President of the World Trade Center Association, and founding executive director of the World Trade Center, reflects on the rise and fall of the towers.

Mike Hurley
The former World Trade Center Director of Fire Safety recounts his experience during the 1993 bombing of the towers.


1993 Survivor's Dress Shirt. Gift of Rosemary Travers in remembrance of Wally Travers. 



Walter P. Travers Jr., a broker with Cantor Fitzgerald, was forced to evacuate his office in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993. The arduous journey down 101 flights of dark , smoke-filled stairs, holding the shoulders of the person in front of him , took him five hours. The shirt he wore that day bears traces of the soot and smoke conditions he encountered en route.

"Welcome Back to the World Trade Center" coffee mug. Gift of Rosemary Travers in remembrance of Wally Travers. 



When Travers and thousands of other World Trade Center tenants returned to their offices a month later, they were greeted with a "Welcome Back" breakfast and gifts, including this coffee mug, provided by the World Trade Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Wally Travers was killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.