Traveling 9/11 museum makes first stop in the Midlands

Published: Mar. 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A traveling museum filled with artifacts from 9/11 has made its way to South Carolina for the first time ever.

The 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit will make its first stop in Columbia on Tuesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center near the First Responders Historic Remembrance Memorial.

The traveling museum serves as a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. It also serves as an educational tool to teach children about the historic events of that day.

The exhibit was created by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Siller was a FDNY firefighter and father of five who died while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center. Siller was off-duty when he saw what was happening and strapped on 60 pounds of gear. He ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He was last seen saving lives with Squad 1.

Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Jack Oehm will lead the interactive tour in Columbia that includes several artifacts, as well as news and video recordings. Oehm worked on 9/11 and lost a third of his battalion that day.

This morning Catherine Christman with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and Lexington County's Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Signorino spoke with News 10's Mary King about the exhibit's stop in the Midlands.

The tours are free to the public. The Tuesday tours at the Convention Center start at 11am and end at 4pm. The exhibit will be at the State House on Wednesday from 9am-4pm and at Hilton Field at Fort Jackson on Thursday from 7:30am- Noon.