Paper Fragments, Recovered
Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2022.70.1
Credit Line: Gift of Barbara Barrett, Ellen Thrower, and Sasha Barrett
Stack of assorted recovered paper fragments. The pieces of paper are a variety of sizes, most torn, some singed, all are wrinkled and dusty.
When hijacked Flight 11 pierced the North Tower and Flight 175 hit the South Tower, pieces of paper, some of them on fire, blew out of shattered windows. Some drifted onto lower Manhattan rooftops, balconies, and streets. Others were carried by wind for miles. After the towers collapsed, the area streets were covered in the paper debris.