Stair Handrail, Recovered
Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.179.128
Dimensions: 3.5 in X 26.5 in X 3.5 in X 1.75 in
Dimensions (Metric): 8.89 cm X 67.31 cm X 8.89 cm X 4.445 cm
Credit Line: Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Recovered stair handrail, rusted. The handrail is painted with luminescent white paint.
Darkened stairways made the descent difficult and lengthened the overall evacuation time on February 26. Battery-powered lights in stairways and luminescent paint on handrails and stairs were installed in response. On 9/11, even though the complex lost power, the World Trade Center’s emergency stairways remained lit.