These 9/11 artifacts, featured in the new book The Stories They Tell, will be on display at ground zero’s National September 11 Museum when it opens next spring.
1. One of Welles Crowther’s red bandannas
Eight months after her son died in the south tower, Alison Crowther was reading a New York Times story in which survivors described an unidentified “man in a red handkerchief” who had saved the lives of at least 12 people on the upper floors. She instantly realized it was her son, 24-year-old equities trader Welles Crowther. Welles had carried a signature red bandanna since he was 6.
2. Mickey Kross’s helmet
At 10:28 a.m., FDNY lieutenant Mickey Kross was in the third-floor stairwell of the north tower when he heard a “tremendous roar,” and the building began to crumble. Kross crouched down in a corner. (“I tried to crawl into my fire helmet … to protect myself,” he recalled.) Hours later, Kross and 15 others climbed out of the rubble—among the few survivors of the collapse.