Description Missing poster for Tonyell F. McDay. The poster is printed in color and has a photograph of McDay at the top with descriptive information printed below. "MISSING" is handwritten at the top.
Historical Notes Jersey City, New Jersey, native Tonyell McDay lived in Colonia with her parents. She was a published poet and a gospel singer who sang with a choir that was about to record its first album. With skills honed as a computer help desk analyst at Marsh & McLennan, Tonyell often repaired friends’ computers for free. On September 11, she was at work on the North Tower’s 97th floor. Tonyell was 25 years old.
Curator's Comment In the days following 9/11, relatives and friends of those who had not returned home from the World Trade Center posted missing person flyers at hospitals, family assistance centers, and public places throughout the city. As hope for survivors faded, the missing posters themselves became memorials.
Many families taped flyers to the walls outside and inside St. Vincent's Hospital, about a mile from the World Trade Center site. More than 300 posters were saved by the staff at the hospital and ultimately donated to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in 2010 when the hospital closed. HIDE