Against a wall of the gallery the display case holds an empty fireman’s boot, mutilated and still coated with dust from that day. Another case contains the remnants of an air-tank harness; a few yards away sits the twisted body of a Yamaha motorcycle, warped by the violent forces unleashed on Sept. 11, 2001.
A visitor to the ground-floor gallery at the Museum of Mobile can’t really avoid reminders of that horrifying day when terrorists hijacked two passenger planes and flew them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.
Americans recall the sickening smoke plume that scarred the blue sky of that otherwise gorgeous autumn morning; in the aftermath was a mountain of rubble, debris and shattered lives — and vivid images that, after a decade, still evoke horror and outrage.
The Museum of Mobile is the first venue for this exhibit, which opened Sept. 11 and includes 50 photographs, 56 recovered artifacts and interpretive text panels. Artifacts come from the New York State Museum’s collection of objects, art, oral histories and memorial material obtained from Ground Zero and the Fresh Kills Landfill.