Description Memorial street sign created in memory of Joel Miller. The sign is reflective green with white text: "JOEL MILLER RD." On the left side is an image of the city skyline with the Twin Towers and "9-11" printed below.
Historical Notes Brooklyn native Joel Miller lived in Baldwin, on Long Island, with his wife, Marjorie. Both widowed, they married in 1997 and made a home with his son and her two sons. Joel played poker weekly with friends from his synagogue. He was an assistant vice president and disaster recovery technology specialist at Marsh & McLennan. On September 11, Joel was on the North Tower’s 97th floor. He was 55 years old.
Curator's Comment Following a tradition of renaming streets after native celebrities and heroes, many New York City streets have been designated to memorialize those killed on 9/11. Marking childhood homes as well as places of residence, employment, or recreation associated with the local victim, these street signs weave evidence of 9/11’s impact into the fabric of urban life.
Several hundred street signs throughout all five boroughs now bear names of men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, encompassing first responders as well as civilian victims. Typically, these signs include the victim’s name, rank or company affiliation, and religious symbols or images of the Twin Towers.
Street sign unveiling ceremonies provided opportunities for family, friends, and neighbors in the community to come together and remember a loved one and to demonstrate that the names of individuals killed on 9/11 will not be forgotten.
Often, memorial street signs were made in multiples so that close family members could retain a sign in their homes. Several of these duplicate keepsakes have been donated to the Museum by victims’ relatives.