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Ground Zero of the World Trade Center in New York City on November 13, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/Getty Images
“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 in a news release. “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.”
In April, city leaders and museum operators drafted a letter to the New York Port Authority formally requesting a beam from the World Trade Center for permanent exhibit. The beam is approximately 12 feet high by 6-to-7 feet wide.
“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.”
The selection of the actual piece of building that will come to Fort Worth has not been completed. A delivery date has not been announced.