Room for reflection

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The New York State Museum in Albany recreates families’ memorials to 9/11 victims

For 12 years, a room on the 20th floor of the building served as a private place for families to meet and reflect, with no public access available. Photo: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

Thirteen years after 9/11, with many families of victims still looking for solace, the New York State Museum in Albany is offering a place for reflection. As first reported by the New York Times, the museum is hosting an exhibition of photographs, toys, placards and flowers, among other items, brought by relatives to what came to be known as the Family Room at 1 Liberty Plaza, which overlooks Ground Zero.

For 12 years, a room on the 20th floor of the building served as a private place for families to meet and reflect, with no public access available. When the National September 11 Memorial Museum opened a new Family Room in April to display some of these items, a committee was formed to look after the bulk of the remaining materials, which are now in Albany. The ongoing exhibition includes thousands of items and is open to the public.

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