The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Steel cross beams known as the Cross at Ground Zero installed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo: Jin Lee.

The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a photography series devoted to documenting moments big and small that unfold at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The View: An intersecting steel column and crossbeam known as the Cross at Ground Zero on display in the historical exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  Volunteer Local 331 construction worker Frank Silecchia found the 17-foot-tall column in the debris at ground zero on September 13, 2001.The cross served as a unifying inspirational symbol to workers at the site during the rescue and recovery period. On July 23, 2011 the cross returned to the World Trade Center site to be lowered into the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

By Jenny Pachucki, 9/11 Memorial Content Strategist 


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