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Unique 9/11 Exhibit on Display at Burchfield Penney Art Center

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The first law enforcement vehicle to the scene of Ground Zero on September 11th, 2001 is on display at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. 

The fractured SUV is part of a statewide exhibit to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that more than 30 sites across the state will have different items from Ground Zero on display until the end of September.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center was called by a former Buffalo State college graduate who currently runs the statewide museum program.  They were asked if they not only wanted an exhibit but if they also wanted the first car to respond to the scene the morning of 9/11.  Museum directors approved the exhibit and it can now be seen in the front hallway of the building.  The vehicle is a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey SUV that has significant damage on the top, half the windows and no front or back lights.  Doors are held on by bungie cords.  Associate museum director Don Mertz says it took professional art movers to transport the vehicle to Buffalo and inside the building.

Other items in the exhibit include World Trade Center door keys, a piece of the plane from American Airlines Flight 11, a steel beam that sat under the trade tower and a photo timeline of the 1 hour and 45 minutes from the time the first plane hit to the fall of the second tower.

The display will be up throughout the entire month of September.  The Burchfield Penney Art Center will have extended hours on Sunday, September 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There is no admission to the museum on that day.

Click on the video link above to see Marissa Bailey's report shot by photojournalist Charles Moore.


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