On Thursday, Dec. 13, the 9/11 Memorial Museum will host a panel discussion centered on the exhibition “Skywalkers: A Portrait of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center.” This program will feature artist Melissa Cacciola, Kahnawake Council Chief Lindsay LeBorgne and Local 40 Business Manager Robert Walsh, and the three will discuss the exhibition and history of the Mohawk ironworkers at the World Trade Center site. Learn more about the three guests below.
Melissa Cacciola is an artist specializing in film and 19th-century photographic processes. She has documented various communities in addition to the Mohawk ironworkers, including New York City skateboarders, the U.S. military and New Orleans brass band musicians. Cacciola’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and she has enjoyed previous solo exhibition at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and 4 World Trade Center.
Chief Lindsay LeBorgne always wanted to be an ironworker. His great-grandfather Peter Rice is one of the workers famously photographed eating lunch on a steel beam during the construction of Rockefeller Center in 1932. He has been an ironworker for 35 years, alongside his grandfather, father, uncles and cousins. His father worked on the original construction of the World Trade Center, and years later, LeBorgne responded to Ground Zero as a rescue and recovery worker. Chief LeBorgne currently serves as an elected council chief at the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.
Bob Walsh has been the Business Manager of Iron Workers Local 40 since 2002. He has been a structural ironworker for 55 years and is part of a five-generation ironworking family. He is the son of an ironworker who tragically lost his life on the job when Bob was only 11 years old. He is the brother of two ironworkers, father of two ironworkers, uncle of four ironworkers and grandfather of three ironworkers. In his capacity as business manager of Local 40, Walsh has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of ironworkers who, through his efforts, are now endowed with fair wages, health benefits, a college tuition reimbursement fund, a pension plan, and much more.
Reserve your tickets to Thursday night’s program here.
By Danielle Hodes, Manager of Public Programs, 9/11 Memorial Museum