The National Law Enforcement Museum is honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with its newest exhibit, Post-9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement, which includes artifacts from the disaster for visitors to experience.
The exhibition resides in the DuPont Gallery of the museum, and houses artifacts and iconic images from all three crash sites, including a steel beam from the World Trade Center, a concrete block from the Pentagon, and fragments of Flight 93. The steel beam measures 48 inches x 24 inches x 24 inches, while the stone block measures 19.5 inches long, 60 inches wide and 57 inches high.
The 2,000-square-foot exhibit examines the effects that the terror strikes have had on police forces and agencies in the fight to keep the United States safe over the last two decades.
“We are honored to be able to display such powerful artifacts from that fateful day,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “The devastating events from 9/11 have impacted us all, but exponentially more so for members of law enforcement. This exhibition will not only honor those who gave their all on that terrible day, but it will also illustrate how law enforcement has met the challenge of a post–9/11 world, making incredible strides to protect us from harm.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea is the honorary chair of the 9/11 exhibition and plays a critical role in connecting members of the law enforcement community to the exhibition in order to expand awareness of its educational value and to honor those who served and continue to serve. Shea was appointed the 44th police commissioner of the city of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December 2019. He previously served as the chief of detectives, the chief of crime control strategies and the deputy commissioner of operations. As chair, Shea delivered the keynote address at the exhibition’s opening reception, providing further insight into the accomplishments of NYPD and law enforcement around the country following the attacks of 9/11.
The exhibition is expected to remain at the museum through July 31, 2022, and is generously sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and Goodyear, with additional support provided by Bio-One Inc., Thomson Reuters, 5.11
Tactical and Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan.
The National Law Enforcement Museum is located at 444 E Street, NW in Washington, D.C.
For information about the reopening of the museum or to purchase tickets, visit tinyurl.com/m987r6dc.