World Trade Center dust

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Dust collected in the vicinity of the World Trade Center on September 12, 2001 from a soot-coated car transformed into a spontaneous memorial after it was towed from the disaster site.
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Much of lower Manhattan was covered with layers of dust generated by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Urban historian Andrew Davis observed a vehicle covered in a layer of dust four inches thick. He filled a small plastic bag with the thick, gray dust on September 12th. Shortly after the bag of contaminated dust, sprinkled with particles of paper and building materials, was given to the N-YHS, conservators carefully transferred the contents to a glass specimen jar, so that it could safely be studied and preserved.
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Gift of Andrew H. Davis
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Creative: Tronvig Group