Mobile 9/11 Museum Will be Outside Dome Sunday

Mobile 9/11 Museum Will be Outside Dome Sunday

Jay Adams

Published September 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will have its newly created 9/11 touring exhibit at an all-day opening from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday outside the Georgia Dome. Accompanying the exhibit will be FDNY firefighters who were at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.

The showcase of the country’s first ever 9/11 mobile exhibit showcases a 1,000 square foot trailer that contains treasured artifacts donated by the NYC firehouses, specially selected to offer Americans a profound look at what happened that fateful day. Another portion of the exhibit will be a tribute to the first responders and will chronicle off-duty firefighter Stephen Siller’s heroic run on 9/11, as he dashed through a blocked Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on his way to the World Trade Center Towers, while carrying 70 lbs. of gear on his shoulders.

Highlights of the exhibit include:

  • The centerpiece of the exhibit is a piece of the World Trade Center steel welded into the form of the Twin Towers, with a crosses cut out of the steel. Fittingly, there is one cross for everyone who perished from Truck 6. At the base of the sculpture the wording reads, “Truck 3, and we are still heading up.” NYC Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano specifically asked the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to use this in the exhibit.
  • An audio recording of the last known transmission shorty before the South Tower collapsed – This one to Ladder Co. 15 from Fire Chief Orio Palmer on the 78th floor describing the two isolated pockets of fire in the South Towers that he has encountered – “We should be able to knock it down with two lines (engines).”
  • Piece of aluminum facade from the WTC.
  • Small rendition of the bronze sculpture of Stephen Siller making his heroic run through the blocked-off Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the WTC. The larger, original sculpture is installed at the Fire Academy in New York City, where probationary firefighters receive training.
  • Picture of Siller’s Squad 1 fire truck taken at Ground Zero. Siller’s Squad 1, located in Park Slope, Brooklyn is an elite squad that undergoes special training on how to save other firefighters in danger, anti-terrorism, etc. Twelve members of Squad 1 were killed on 9/11.
  • Panels instrumental in teaching school children about 9/11. Companion teachers’ guides are being created.

The exhibit will be located in The Gulch, which is denoted by the thumbtack on the map below.

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