Gallery: The Lower Merion High School 9/11 Panels
Three large banners with the thoughts, prayers and emotions of students, teachers and staff at Lower Merion High School were created in the days after Sept. 11, 2001. They are reproduced here.
Above are 13 screen-grabs from large-file photographs provided by Mary Brown, a Wynnewood resident who on Sept. 11, 2001 was a Latin teacher at Lower Merion High School.
The photos are taken from three large panels created in the days after the attacks that brought down four planes in New York City, Washington, D.C. and just outside Shanksville, Pa. (Click here for the full story and interview with Brown.)
The comments ran the gamut from the trite to the profound, knee-jerk promises of revenge to deep concern for the still-unknown number of dead and their families.
There are political statements, but relatively few. Biblical passages, Psalms, and other religious messages run throughout the panels. There are messages in Arabic, too, never fully translated.
One comment on the first panel calls the attacks a result of the “disease hatred,” and that “we must treat the disease with love.”
There is poetry, and lyrics from relevant songs by artists like Jimi Hendrix (“Castles made of sand…”), John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and the Cranberries (“Mind the war child...”). FDR’s timeless advice was paraphrased: “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”).
Bits of the National Anthem made their way here and there. An unattributed quote: “Show me a man who resorts to violence and I’ll show you a man who’s run out of good ideas.”
There are questions, rhetorical or not (“Why is making more people die justice for what happened?”), and sometimes answers to them (“Because dead people don’t kill again.”).
Anne Frank, Billy Joel, Nostradamus and Bob Marley make appearances.
“Blow them up,” scribbled one angry student.
“Spreading hate will do nothing…” admonished another, just beside it. “We must be strong.”