From the Collection: Symbols Forged From WTC Steel
Ground zero was not just another construction site, it was sacred ground. The steel beams in the debris pile and other remnants of the collapsed Twin Towers took on a special significance.
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