Accession Number: C.2019.175.1
Dimensions: 6 in X 0.636 in
Dimensions (Metric): 15.24 cm X 1.61544 cm
Credit Line: Gift of John Feal
Sharpie pen used by President Donald Trump to sign the "Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act." The pen is black with Donald Trump's signature printed in gold-colored text on the pen's exterior.
John Feal, a demolition worker injured at Ground Zero and the founder of the FealGood Foundation, received this pen from Nancy Pelosi. A relentless advocate for this cause, Feal made no fewer than 286 trips to Washington, DC to lobby on behalf of thousands of rescue, recovery, and relief workers sickened and disabled by toxins they were exposed to at the former World Trade Center site.
The reauthorized Victims Compensation Fund was passed by the U.S. Senate on July 23, 2019, and signed into law by President Trump on July 29, with Feal and many of his fellow activists present for the capstone moment.