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hope after tragedy

After the 9/11 attacks, St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan became a place of solace and symbol resiliency. ESI created an exhibit that honors its role in the neighborhood's revitalization.

To honor the community that came together for 9/11, the exhibit shows visitors the chapel’s history and impact.

St. Paul’s Chapel is a small chapel nestled in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Built in 1776, the chapel welcomed George Washington as a congregant and survived two of New York’s worst disasters — the Great Fire of 1776 and 9/11. After the 9/11 attacks, the chapel became a symbol of solace and resiliency to millions from around the globe. The extraordinary volunteer-led ministry that emerged amidst the chaos and tragedy of 9/11 offered relief and hope to victims’ families, Ground Zero workers, and the public at large.

As a tribute to St. Paul’s unique role in the revitalization of lower Manhattan, ESI Design developed “Unwavering Spirit: Hope and Healing at Ground Zero.” Through interactive exhibits, visitors could experience how important the Chapel is for so many people. Exhibits included an Interactive Timeline of St. Paul’s rich history before and after September 11th, and an Artifact Archive, which paired letters, banners, drawings and personal items from the weeks after 9/11 with audio stories that describe their meaning. At both digital and analog installations, guests could submit and read stories about how their peers, loved ones, and neighbors moved forward.

Visit the chapel’s website at www.saintpaulschapel.org

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