Accession Number: C.2021.56.3
Dimensions: 29 in X 36 in
Dimensions (Metric): 73.66 cm X 91.44 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Rita Schwartz
Dark blue T-shirt with red printed text on the left breast that reads: "International Union of | Operating Engineers | Local 15 | 15A, 15B, 15C, 15D." The text surrounds an image of a backhoe. On the back of the T-shirt is an image of an American flag and the Manhattan skyline with the Twin Towers; red text printed below the towers reads: "I.U.O.E. | Local 15 A, B, C, D | GROUND ZERO." The shirt is faded and worn.
In 2001, Rita Schwartz was employed as the Director of Government Relations for the General Contractors Association of New York, Inc., a trade organization representing the heavy and civil engineering construction industry. In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, Schwartz reported to the Tully Construction trailer at Ground Zero every day.
During the rescue and recovery period, Schwartz was responsible for greeting elected officials who visited the site, arranging their access credentials, offering them tours of the site, and bringing them to view nearby St. Paul’s Chapel.
Schwartz was also involved in the Association’s advocacy for insurance coverage and indemnification of the claims and lawsuits for contractors working at the Ground Zero who suffered from 9/11-related health effects.