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A City Searching for Hope 20th Anniversary Memorial Exhibition
September 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
The 20th anniversary photo exhibit to feature WKU student and faculty work from September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
Ridley and Hull Wealth Management Group of Stifel and the WKU School of Media to sponsor the exhibit at the Pushin Building in downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday. The opening reception will be from noon to 4:00 pm with opening remarks at 1:00.
It was September 11, 2001.
Within a few hours after the World Trade Center towers fell and took a piece of America’s heart with them, Western Kentucky University photojournalism students packed their cars with photography gear and headed north in search of answers. These students were not sure what they would find in New York, they just knew they had to be there. By the week’s end, two faculty had joined them.
What they found was not just a story about smoldering buildings and twisted metal. They found stories about the people who worked in these buildings, the rescuers trying to save them, and the family and friends waiting to hear about the fate of their loved ones. By the following week, the WKU team was back at school with thousands of photographs and one goal: to share their stories with as many people as they could.
Twenty years later their images still resonate with us, even haunt us. We are reminded of the profound emotional toll September 11, 2001 had on our country. The images represent despair, but also hope and resilience.
On September 10, 2021, Ridley and Hull Wealth Management Group of Stifel, and The WKU School of Media will host an open house at the Pushin Building at 400 East Main Street, Suite 100 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, from 12 to 4 p.m. Remarks will be at 1 p.m. The exhibit of 28 images will be open to the public from 10-4 p.m. on weekdays through the month of September.
Professor James Kenney, coordinator of the Photojournalism program at WKU, was one of the teachers who joined his students in New York in the aftermath of September 11. He expressed mixed emotions about his experience there and in seeing these images exhibited again 20 years later.
“These images bring back unsettling memories of the pain, suffering, and uncertainty borne out of this terrible day. But they also represent the determination of my students to do their part in providing a visual reminder so that a nation would not forget, and perhaps in some meaningful way contribute to its healing.”
For more information about the event or exhibit contact:
Tim Broekema, Professor of Photojournalism