Accession Number: C.2019.175.2
Dimensions: 5.25 in X 0.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 13.335 cm X 1.27 cm
Credit Line: Gift of John Feal
Ballpoint pen used by Speaker of the House Nancy Peolsi to sign the "Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act" in July 2019. The pen is black with gold-colored detailing and a removable cap. Nancy Pelosi's signature is printed in gold-colored text on the pen's exterior. The tip of the cap includes the Seal of the Speaker and printed text: "Seal of the Speaker | House of Representatives." The pen is enclosed in a coordinating box.
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, 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 to which they were exposed 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.