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Aug. 16, 2006
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Dole Institute marks fifth anniversary of 9/11 with photo exhibit

New York skyline immediately after 9/11

New York skyline immediately after 9/11


New York skyline now

New York skyline now

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a photography exhibit produced by the Associated Press.

The exhibit will be on display Saturday, Sept. 2, through Tuesday, Sept. 12, and will feature some of the most compelling photographs taken during the national tragedy. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute, said the display will feature a 10-minute video and photographs taken the day of the attacks. Those images will be displayed alongside images of the same sites taken this June.

Featured scenes include dust-covered New Yorkers walking in the city after the towers collapsed, alongside smiling faces on the same street in 2006; firefighters in front of the remains of the towers next to an image of construction on the site this year; and the Pentagon with a gaping hole six days after it was struck and the building today, appearing as if the attack had never occurred.

Contributing video journalist Bill Gorman recalls what was it like to be an eyewitness to something so violent and the importance of documenting it for future generations.

“It’s horrible what you’re seeing unfolding,” he said. “But part of this job is being an eyewitness to history.”

Two columns from the World Trade Center, one of which has been identified by engineers as originally supporting the outside perimeter of WTC 1, are part of the Dole Institute’s permanent exhibit. The institute is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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