Lolita Jackson

  • Survivor
  • Captioned

Survivor of both the 1993 and 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.


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This story was filmed as part of our Anniversary in the Schools program, which introduces students to first-person accounts of the 9/11 attacks. Participate in this year’s free program by completing this registration form.

Teaching Guides

Find tailored questions below for teaching this story.

As you listen to Lolita’s story, think about the following questions:

  • What details did you learn about Lolita and her life by listening to her story?
  • On 9/11, what did Lolita and her colleagues do after seeing the first plane hit the North Tower?
  • How did Lolita feel about her job after 9/11? What changes did this cause her to make after the attacks?
  • Lolita says her experiences made her and her colleagues "better citizens of the world." What are some small actions you can take to be a better citizen in your own community?

As you listen to Lolita’s story, think about the following questions:

  • What details did you learn about Lolita from listening to her story?
  • What were some of the steps Lolita and her colleagues took as they began to evacuate the World Trade Center?
  • How did 9/11 change Lolita’s outlook on her own life and career? How does her response demonstrate resilience?

As you listen to Lolita’s story, consider the following questions:

  • Describe Lolita’s evacuation process that day, including any challenges she faced.
  • How did the events of 9/11 affect Lolita in her personal and professional life?
  • Lolita mentions that for her and her friends, “this really horrible thing actually made us all better citizens of the world.” Can you think of any positive repercussions of the 9/11 attacks? How might these continue to have an impact on the world today?

Additional Resources

Lolita survived not only the 9/11 attacks, but also an earlier bombing in 1993. Learn more about this event by visiting our 1993 Bombing Interactive Timeline. Lolita’s friend, Thomas Swift, was one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. To learn more about Thomas, and to see objects in our collection that honor him, visit Inside the Collection. If you’re interested in more survivor stories, visit our Webinar Stories archive.