NYC Street Memorials to Those Killed in Trade Center Attack Are Subject of Professor's Photos

Release Date: October 16, 2001

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Street memorials to people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, such as a model of the World Trade Center twin towers constructed of license plates, are the subject of a photo exhibit by a UB professor.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A photographic exhibition depicting memorials erected on the streets of New York City after the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack will be exhibited through Oct. 22 on the Mainstage theater wall in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

The exhibit's 60 color photographs were taken by Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture at UB, to document the commemorative candles, photos, flyers, notes, toys and flowers left in New York City's Union Square and Sheridan Square, at St. Vincent's Hospital and on the streets of lower Manhattan.

Jackson notes that many of the items displayed originally posed questions as to the whereabouts of thousands of individuals lost in the attack. By Sept. 22, when he took the photographs, however, they had become memorials.

"Every place you go in lower Manhattan," Jackson said, "you see 8 1/2-by-11 sheets of paper taped to walls, fences, kiosks and lamp-posts. They're all about people who are missing. Some have as much detail as an old-fashioned wanted poster. Some don't even have a name or a telephone number to call.

"Most of the city's firehouses and parks have shrines," he said, "things people made or left to try to say something that could not be said in words."

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