Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2014.369.1
Dimensions: 4 in X 4 in X 10 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.16 cm X 10.16 cm X 25.4 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Stephen F. Kern
Pair of black Oxford-style leather men's dress shoes coated in a layer of fine gray dust.
After evacuating from his office on the 62nd floor of the North Tower, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employee Stephen Kern was in the 5 World Trade Center building when the South Tower collapsed. He narrowly escaped the collapse of the North Tower before continuing on foot uptown to safety. He saved his dust-covered shoes as a memento of his evacuation experience. Kern was also a survivor of the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing.