North Carolina Central University’s James E. Shepard Memorial Library is participating in “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World,” an educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. The exhibit is on display for public viewing through Sept. 22, 2021.
Told across 14 posters, the exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum curated exhibition also reflects the core pillars of commemoration, education and inspiration prior to the observance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“During this 20th anniversary year, it is our privilege to share these lessons with a new generation, teach them about the ongoing repercussions of the 9/11 attacks and inspire them with the idea that, even in the darkest of times, we can come together, support one another and find the strength to renew and rebuild,” said 9/11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald.
With terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath remind everyone that they may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but individually, they do have control over the response to such events. Whether by volunteering in local communities, serving the nation in the military, caring for those who are ill, or through other efforts, everyone can help build the world in which they want to live. As history unfolds, the ways individuals choose to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.
The poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for Humanities or North Carolina Central University.
The Shepard Library is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.