Fort Worth, TX-The city of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History have successfully secured a relic from the Twin Towers destroyed in attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A delivery date has not been finalized, but after its arrival, the artifact will be permanently displayed at the Museum of Science and History.
Last April, the city and the museum drafted a joint letter to the New York Port Authority formally requesting a beam from the World Trade Center approximately 12 feet high by 6-to-7 feet wide for a permanent exhibit. Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) and New York Congressman Tim Bishop (NY-01) also provided support and assistance to this effort.
Mentioned in the application process was the fact that the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was the first venue outside of Washington, D.C., to host the Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibition September 11: Bearing Witness to History.
“The people of Fort Worth are humbled and honored to host and permanently display a beam relic from the Twin Towers,” said Mayor Mike Moncrief. “Three thousand of our fellow Americans lost their lives on that tragic day. It was a day that none of us will ever forget. We greatly appreciate the help from the Port Authority of New York and from the Museum for their help to bring this historic piece to our city.”
“The Museum is deeply honored that we will be able to develop an exhibit that pays homage to 9/11, and the people who perished on that day” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “As a history museum, ours is an appropriate venue for such an important artifact. We worked with architect Ricardo Legorreta to plan its placement in front of the museum so that our 1 million annual visitors will have access to it.”
Fort Worth Councilmember Carter Burdette said, “The Museum of Science and History is a special place, and there’s not a more appropriate location in our city to display this solemn memorial to those whom we lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We are grateful to our friends in New York and to Congresswoman Kay Granger for their work to make this possible.”
Congresswoman Granger stated, “I will never forget that tragic day and I know that all Americans who witnessed those horrific events on their televisions and in person will never be able to erase those images from their memories. By securing a permanent display of a beam from the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11, our community will be able to preserve that sad day in our nation’s history and will ensure that the memory of those who lost their lives is honored forever.”
Final details of the exhibit will be determined within the next 60 days.
Contacts: Fort Worth Media and Public Affairs: 817-392-8889 Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: 817-255-9411 Office of Congresswoman Kay Granger: 202-225-5071