Sixteen Years Ago, The New Yorker Published 'Local Heroes'

A cover of The New Yorker from October 29, 2001 shows children trick or treating as police officers and firefighters at a brownstone.
“Local Heroes” by Peter de Sève. Courtesy of the artist.

In the months following the 9/11 attacks, feelings of gratitude and admiration for the tireless first responders were palpable across the country. In this Oct. 29, 2001, cover of The New Yorker titled “Local Heroes,” children trick-or-treat while dressed as firefighters and police officers, in honor of the fallen fire and police personnel and the hundreds still assisting in the recovery at Ground Zero.

This cover by Peter de Sève evokes the pride the country felt for the courageous first responders who risked their lives to save others on 9/11. To preserve the memory of these brave men and women who sacrificed their safety to protect the lives of others, the 9/11 Memorial Museum education team has put together a lesson plan with guided discussion questions to help young students understand the events and effects of 9/11.

This cover and 32 others are currently on view in the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s exhibition “Cover Stories: Remembering the Twin Towers on The New Yorker,” which features New Yorker covers that commemorate 9/11 and the loss of the Twin Towers. Further information about explaining 9/11 to children can be found here.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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