Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2006.3.21
Dimensions: 18 in X 12 in
Dimensions (Metric): 45.72 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: A gift from the American Red Cross
Child's drawing depicting the Twin Towers next to the Statue of Liberty and a small church. There is a police officer next to a small child and an ambulance in the lower left corner. "THANK | YOU" is written in bold colorful letters over the towers. On the back is colorful handwritten text: "It took courage | and bravery to | do what you did. | You put yourself at | risk trying to save | others. Our hearts | go out to you. Thanks | for drying the tears of | America. Your efforts | and Friendship shall never | be forgotten, United We Stand." Students have signed their names around the text.
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.