Sept. 11 Tragedy and Triumph

on August 31, 2011
James Wheeldon

World Trade Center fire

A gaping hole in the north tower of the World Trade Center is left behind by a hijacked passenger jet, setting the building on fire on Sept. 11, 2001.

Leo Sorel


A place to mourn and remember

Leo Sorel


A place to pray and worship

Leo Sorel

Tired workers

The chapel becomes a refuge for tired workers...

Leo Sorel


Cots and pews are turned into makeshift beds.

Leo Sorel

St. Paul's recovery

The Episcopal chapel, which is part of the parish of nearby Trinity Church on Wall Street, soon becomes a hub for feeding and caring for recovery workers at ground zero.

James Wheeldon

Ground zero streets

The St. Paul’s neighborhood looks like a war zone after the attacks.

Lynn Brewster

Protective tree

A 70-year-old sycamore tree on the corner of the chapel grounds appears to shield the building from much of the falling debris.

James Wheeldon

St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul’s Chapel, across the street from the felled towers, withstands the attacks without as much as a broken window.

Lyndon Harris

Rescue & Recovery

Rescue and recovery workers fill the streets of Lower Manhattan.

Leo Sorel

Safety worker

A sanctuary in the city