Remembering 1993 Victim Wilfredo Mercado

Wilfredo Mercado poses for a photo taken by the Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate.
Digital photograph of Wilfredo Mercado taken by Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate. Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Born in Lima, Peru, Wilfredo Mercado lived in East New York, Brooklyn, with his wife, Olga, and their two daughters. Wilfredo worked two jobs at the World Trade Center: weekdays as Windows on the World’s purchasing agent and weekends as a security guard. On Feb. 26, 1993, he was receiving food deliveries in the complex’s basement when a bomb exploded in the nearby parking garage. Wilfredo was 37 years old.

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1993 WTC Bombing Remembered Through a Glass Fragment

A historical image shows the destroyed parking garage of the North Tower after the bombing in 1993. In a separate image to the left, a person holds up a window glass fragment recovered after the bombing.

Last year, the 9/11 Memorial Museum accepted a small fragment of green-tinted window glass into its collection. But this seemingly quotidian artifact had a more than 20-year journey to the 9/11 Memorial Museum and tells a critical story of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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Remembering 1993 Victim Stephen Knapp

Stephen Knapp holds a pair of binoculars on the rooftop of the North Tower in this old photo. The South Tower can be seen off to the left. Aerial views of New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean are seen to the right.

Stephen Knapp lived with his wife, Louise, and their two children on Staten Island, where he was born. Stephen worked at the World Trade Center since its opening and was the Port Authority’s chief maintenance supervisor.

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