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

A homemade sign displayed at the Museum counts the number of days since 9/11. The sign also reads, “Where is Osama bin Laden?” A handwritten not taped next to the question reads, “Dead.”
"Where is Osama bin Laden?" sign. Gift of Cheryl Stewart.

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: Brooklyn resident Cheryl Stewart created this sign tracking the number of days that Osama bin Laden remained at large after 9/11 and placed it in her front yard. The count ended five years ago when news broke late on Sunday, May 1, 2011, that a special team of US Navy SEALs finally located and killed bin Laden, in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The sign’s final post that morning read, “9 years 232 days since 9-11-01: Where is Osama bin Laden?” A passerby scrawled “dead” on a piece of torn yellow notebook paper that was taped to the sign sometime after midnight. This sign is now on view at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

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