9/11 Tribute Museum feature in the Wall Street Journal
NEW YORK— Jeanmarie Hargrave corralled a group of tourists from Atlanta who were taking photos of the miraculous Callery pear, a living tree that was found broken in the smoky ruins of Ground Zero and slowly nursed to health.
Ms. Hargrave, 64 years old, is a docent with the 9/11 Tribute Museum in lower Manhattan. “My brother T.J. worked on the 105th floor,” she told the group. They looked up to where the Twin Towers had stood 20 years earlier. It was a city unto itself, she said. After the attacks, new skyscrapers were built on and around the 16-acre World Trade Center site, including the tallest in North America—One World Trade Center, reaching 1,776 feet and marking the intersection of the Hudson River and New York Harbor.
Over an hourlong tour on a hot July day, Ms. Hargrave unspooled her brother’s story and her own. She is one of hundreds of volunteers drawn to the place where their loved ones were killed by terrorists, to share personal histories with visitors.
Recovery has traced a plodding, grievous path for Ms. Hargrave and her family. It began on Sept. 11, 2001, with calls to an office that went unanswered. Her brother Timothy J. Hargrave, a vice president at financial-services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, was a 38-year-old married father of three girls. He worked in the North Tower, which a hijacked plane struck at 8:46 a.m., 17 minutes before a second airliner hit the South Tower. —