Last missing 9/11 victim’s photo placed in museum
The final photo of a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was placed on the memorial wall Wednesday at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. An empty space marked with an image of an oak leaf had held the spot for Antonio Dorsey Pratt for years.
“What we’re doing today really marks the culmination of a process that began almost 16 years ago when we began work on the just even imagining what the 9/11 Memorial & Museum would be and what it would contain,” Alice Greenwald, CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum said.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Pratt was working for Cantor Fitzgerald Forte Food Service on the 101st Floor of the North Tower. Pratt’s picture is from “a snapshot… with a group of co-workers” taken before he worked in the North Tower.
“In order to focus on his beautiful face, a lot of work had to be done to zero in and enlarge and enlarge to the point where it could be appropriate for the scale of the installation,” Greenwald said. Pratt’s image is “blurry and pixilated” but “recognizable” despite all the enhancements, Greenwald said.
The picture containing Pratt was provided to Voices Center for Resilience, an organization started after 9/11 dedicated to remembering the victims, by Pratt’s friend.
“This is a chapter in the sense that we were able to provide the last missing photograph for the exhibit,” Mary Fetchet, Executive director of Voices Center for Resilience, said. Fetchet lost her 24-year old son Brad on 9/11. He worked as an equity trader in the South Tower.
The memorial exhibition honors the 2,977 individuals killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It also honors the six individuals killed in the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.