Steel Fragment, Recovered
Accession Number: C.2009.310.9
Dimensions: 441 in X 77 in X 32 ½ in
Dimensions (Metric): 1120.14 cm X 195.58 cm X 81.28 cm
Credit Line: Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The preservation of this artifact was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services via Save America’s Treasures
Steel column covered in various inscriptions in spray paint and marker and with ephemeral attachments including photographs, memorial and prayer cards, patches, stickers, and other tributes.
The Last Column, a 58-ton, 36-foot-tall piece of welded plate steel, was part of Column 1001B, one of 47 columns that supported the inner core of the South Tower. When the South Tower collapsed, this remnant remained anchored in bedrock, buried beneath the wreckage.