While the world was left in disbelief from a scene of horror and violence, several people in New York decided to capture those images, knowing that words could never do them justice. They began hanging photos of the tragedy in a vacant SoHo storefront to honor the fallen and those impacted by the terrorist attack.
Now 10 years later, the collection of photographs is being displayed at the Louisville Free Public Library. “Here Is New York,” a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, includes nearly 500 photos taken during and after the events of Sept. 11.
The Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St., will exhibit the photos through Sept. 30. They feature both the destruction and chaos of Sept. 11 and the hope and determination of New York and the country as a whole.
“To be able to see these images is very powerful,” said Peter Howard, supervisor of teen services at the Main Library. “To have an exhibit like this and some of the other things going on in honor of the anniversary, is good for us to remember.”
Whether you witnessed the event first-hand in New York, or watched in confusion and terror from a TV screen in Louisville, where you were when you heard news of the attacks is something that’s been ingrained in us all.
“I was in a seventh grade classroom in Manassas, Va.,” said Erin Caskey, who was viewing the exhibit. “Manassas is close to D.C. and a lot of people’s parents were at the Pentagon and worked in the government. A lot of our neighbors took a long time to get home and we were very worried about them, but fortunately we didn’t know anyone who was killed in the attacks.”
Even hundreds of miles away from New York, people were affected by the aftermath of Sept. 11. For some, to this day, it’s still difficult to cope with the loss of lives; for others, it’s still difficult to believe the event ever occurred.
“I was down here on Broadway at a temp agency and (the report of the attack) came over the news on TV,” said Aundrea Thomas, who was viewing the exhibit. “I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a movie at first when I saw it. Then when I found out what it was I couldn’t believe it was happening.”
Not everyone in Louisville knew someone directly involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, but that didn’t keep the tragedy from hitting close to home.
“It was very heart-breaking because I heard a lot of stories,” said James Jordan, a security guard at the Main Library. “One in particular was about a man in a wheelchair on the top floor, and his friend wouldn’t leave him by himself. They both died. It tears at your heart. I was fortunate to be here in Louisville at the time, but I still have empathy for those people and their families.”
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11, emotions still run deep in Louisville and across the country. And, while there will be sadness and grief on Sept. 11, there also will be a celebration of national pride and the lessons learned from that devastating day.
“Sept. 11 changed me,” said Harold Carson, while he was viewing the exhibit. “You think about how those people went to work one day, on just a normal day, and some of them didn’t come home. I started to look at things a little different after that. I started to appreciate what I had taken for granted.”
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