Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2006.3.156
Dimensions: 8 ½ in X 11 in
Dimensions (Metric): 20.32 cm X 27.94 cm
Credit Line: A gift from the American Red Cross
Child's drawing depicting a patient in a hospital bed with a nurse or doctor in green scrubs standing by their bed. Handwritten next to the drawing is the note:
"I know your are feeling scared right now and I am to. Your doing your best to save people in the Emergency Room. Your doing a very good job by working day and night. There should be more people like you saving other peoples' lives. Your not only helping the hurt people, but your helping the people they love by helping them hang on. What you do is very great and I hope you feel that way to."
In times of emotional unrest, children often express themselves through art. Taped to firehouse and police station windows, tacked inside respite centers and ornamenting fences at the World Trade Center site, drawings and paintings created by this generation of youthful witnesses became a familiar sight throughout New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. The works created by children in art therapy programs and in school classrooms reflect diverse themes, including violence, patriotism, courage, fear, prejudice, sadness, compassion, and hope. Many cards and letters expressed gratitude to first responders and condolence to family members.
Collected from children around the world, these artistic expressions capture the significance of the 9/11 attacks as seen through the eyes of the event's youngest witnesses.