Accession Number: C.2007.33.1
Dimensions: 54 in X 213 in X 1/2 in
Dimensions (Metric): 137.16 cm X 541.02 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Mural created by the Lower School Art Students of Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina in Mrs. Laura Orvin's Art Class for the people of New York
Canvas mural created with children's drawings and messages of support and comfort for the people of New York City following September 11, 2001.
After 9/11, art teacher Laura Orvin asked students at the Porter Gaud Lower School in Charleston, South Carolina, to draw pictures that expressed their understanding of patriotism. Some of their images were enlarged and painted onto a large canvas sheet. Fourth-grade students wrote letters and printed them in hearts bordering the collaborative mural. Orvin sent the banner to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, with the hope that it would cheer up World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers. Years later, its creators learned that their mural had enlivened a wall in the children’s area of the Family Assistance Center established by New York City to aid relatives of 9/11 victims. When the center closed in 2002, a city official set the banner aside for preservation.