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Object Name T-shirt
Date 2001-2002
Description T-shirt made for staff at the World Trade Center Recovery Operation at Fresh Kills Landfill. White cotton with short sleeves. Printed in black on front is a drawing of an angel captioned "SAINT MICHAEL" with an inscription above and below: "OPUS DEI / Staten Island / WTC Recovery." A shield shape is printed on the back with an inscription inside: "NON IGNARA / MALI, MISERIS / SUCCURRERE DISCO. / VIRGIL" [No stranger to misfortunes myself, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others; from Virgil's Aeneid]. Printed cloth labels inside neckline are marked with the Nike logo (swoosh symbol); size "L"; "NIKE DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V."; "100% COTTON"; "MADE IN MEXICO"; with laundry instructions and additional inscriptions.
(Keywords: Occupational Clothing, Twenty-first Century, Commemorative, Terrorism, United States, New York)
Acquisition From the Staten Island Recovery Operation
Ownership and History Shirts like this one were given to workers of the World Trade Center Recovery Operation at Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island. For approximately ten months after September 11, 2001, workers on Staten Island sorted, sifted, and examined debris in an unprecedented search for human remains, personal items, and evidence. The site's name, Fresh Kills, comes from the Dutch words for freshwater streams, describing natural features of the area.
Earliest Date 2001
Latest Date 2002
Maker Nike de Mexico
Subjects Terrorism
Sanitation workers
Fire fighters
Emergency medical services
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Catalog Number 02.021.0058
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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