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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:14 am    Post subject: WTC MEMORIAL MUSEUM ACCECTS AMERICA'S 9/11 QUILT
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September 25, 2006


The World Trade Center Memorial Museum is honored to have been deeded America’s 9/11 Memorial Victims’ Quilt by family members, represented by Bill Doyle, whose loved ones were killed in the September 11th attacks. The Victims’ Quilt, measuring 10 feet high by 60 feet long, features photographs and names of every victim from the September 11th attacks. In addition, the quilt includes striking depictions of the Twin Towers and other target sites, as well as patriotic symbols and iconography reflecting the breadth of first responders who raced to assist those impacted by these deadly assaults. This magisterial “story quilt,” five years’ in the making, was created under the aegis of project founder Jeannie Ammermann. Bonnie Clark served as vice president of the ambitious endeavor “America’s 9/11 Memorial Quilts” endeavor, and Connie Daniel performed as team leader for the Victims Quilt.

In a ceremony at the Marriott Financial Center in New York City held on September 9, the Victims’ Quilt was presented on behalf of the 9/11 families, by Bill Doyle who lost his son Joseph on September 11th, to WTC Memorial Museum Director Alice Greenwald and Chief Curator Jan Seidler Ramirez. The quilt is viewed as a cornerstone acquisition of the museum’s permanent collection.

“This is a tremendous contribution to the Memorial Museum and underscores the enormous outpouring of compassion and support which we saw in response to the attacks,” WTC Memorial Museum Director Alice Greenwald said. “Countless hours of work, involving hundreds of volunteers, went into making this beautiful and touching tribute which displays so vividly the faces of those lost. We are honored to accept the quilt and grateful to Bill Doyle, the family members, and the contributors to America’s 9/11 Memorial Victims’ Quilt for entrusting us with it.”

Jan Ramirez, the museum’s Chief Curator, compared it to a collective “friendship quilt” which also epitomized the nation’s generosity of spirit toward New York City during the difficult recovery period following the destruction of the World Trade Center. During the Great Depression, she noted, handmade quilts were considered “soft covers for hard times; the Victims Quilt conveys those same humane sentiments of warmth.”

“People throughout this country have been behind this tremendous effort to make the Memorial Quilt,” Bill Doyle said. “This donation to the Museum is one of tribute and remembrance and created by selfless volunteers. Through the quilt, we can identify a face with a name of those who died and that is important for the world to see.”

Over the past five years, America’s 9-11 Memorial Quilts project has made quilts honoring the victims, as well as those lost from the New York City Fire Department, the New York City Police Department, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police and staff, the New York State Courts, Flight 93, Pentagon and Flight 77, and the Emergency Medical Services.

Jeannie Ammerman collaborated with Connie Daniel, a freehand quilter from Wisconsin on the concept design for the Victims’ Quilt. Through the word-of-mouth and the Internet, more than 550 volunteer quilters across nine states, joined the effort to make the quilts.

The World Trade Center Memorial Museum will include artifacts, interactive exhibitions, a resource center, contemplative areas, and educational programming which will convey individual and collective stories honoring the memory of the victims and recounting the experiences of survivors, responders, area residents, and witnesses. The Memorial Museum will help facilitate an encounter with both the enormity of the loss and the triumph of the human spirit that are at the heart of 9/11, as it affirms the courage, compassion, sacrifice and resilience - the best of humanity - demonstrated at a moment of cataclysmic tragedy.
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