Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2019.139.183
Dimensions: 14 in X 17.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 35.56 cm X 44.45 cm
Credit Line: Transferred from the New-York Historical Society
Handmade sign with the words "We Will Rebuild" in red, white, and blue. The sign also includes a drawing of the Twin Towers and a heart.
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.