As it stands now, the plan is to incorporate “more than 9,000 bone fragments, pieces of tissue and other remains” in an underground museum being built to commemorate the attacks of September 11. On Sunday, some loved ones spoke at the site, urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ask the families before he moves forward with the gruesome memorial. To date, 41 percent of the remains of 1,123 victims have not been identified, and some argue that displaying them in a “museum experience” is like “a Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit.”
Families claim the first they heard of this plan wasn’t until 2009, according to the New York Times. Many are hazy on the details, though the specifics are not exactly comforting anyway:
Museum officials say the room containing the remains will be controlled by the city medical examiner, even though it will be entered through the museum. The wall concealing the remains would have a quotation from Virgil on it, and there would be a small plaque indicating that there were human remains behind it. Museumgoers would pass the wall as they walked from one exhibit area to the other.
Though the city maintains that they’re the minority, some families would prefer an above-ground tomb to a museum exhibit. That does seem more sensitive, doesn’t it?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 4, 2011