Places that Matter

World Trade Center (site of)

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Survivor Stair, Ken Lustbader
Survivor Stair, Ken Lustbader
Remaining building structure, Martha Cooper
In Memory of Our Fallen Brothers, Martha Cooper
Ground Zero Buckets, Martha Cooper
St. Paul's Chapel, Martha Cooper
Office and trade complex destroyed on 9/11/2001
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The nominations of the World Trade Center to the Census of Places that Matter were made after the Trade Center was attacked and destroyed on September 11, 2001. Thousands of people died in terror attacks that day in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and in the airplanes that were used as weapons.

In New York, among the things that distinguished public response to the attacks were numerous public gatherings, and the creation of hundreds of shrines, memorials, and other vehicles for sharing grief and anger. City Lore, a co-sponsor of the Place Matters project, and photographer Martha Cooper, documented the spontaneous memorial-making in places all over the city. The places ranged from formal public spaces like Union Square, to fire houses in all five boroughs, to tenement walls in the Bronx, to a patch of land underneath the Pulaski Bridge. These photographs, and many other stories and artifacts from the months immediately following the attacks, were shown at the New York Historical Society in the spring of 2002, collectively called Missing: Streetscape of a City in Mourning.