9/11 – Library Exhibitions Guide

ECU Academic Library Services curated three separate exhibitions to commemorate 9/11. The exhibitions featured within the library offer factual information about the events of September 11 and its aftermath both on a national scale, but also a more personal level with ECU campus responses. The exhibits also go further to highlight the tremendous spirit of resilience, compassion and service that arose after the attacks. Ultimately, we hope patrons will be inspired to honor the legacy of 9/11 through volunteerism and acts of kindness in their own communities.


Campus Reactions and Responses to 9/11
Location: 1st Floor Cases
Curated by Alston Cobourn, University Archivist

Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, East Carolina administration, faculty, staff, and students responded to the event in a wide variety of ways. Many expressed their grief, anger, confusion, and hope. Many tried to help survivors and victims’ families as well as other members of the campus community however they could. As our nation remembers the 20th anniversary, this exhibit provides an opportunity to reflect on the reactions of the East Carolina community as documented in campus media.

September 11, 2001: The day that Changed the World
1st Floor – RIS Hallway Gallery
Curated by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library

“September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World” explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international level, and encourages critical thinking about the legacy of 9/11. This exhibition, provided by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It reflects the core pillars of commemoration, education, and inspiration as we prepare to observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,
Sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library



Messages of Unity: An Interactive Exhibition Promoting Peace & Solidarity 1st Floor – RIS Hallway Gallery
Interactive Exhibition

Participants are invited to add messages inspiring hope, unity, and compassion to the library’s interactive exhibition space. As we mark the passage of two decades since 9/11, and reflect on the current turmoil, struggles, and world events that continue to shape our lives, it feels more important than ever to derive strength through solidarity. We invite the ECU community to participate in this interactive exhibition calling for solidarity by writing messages of hope and unity, and adding them to the wall.



Also check out:
ECU Digital Collections: September 11, 2001, Student Reactions
ECU Digital Collections

Within our Manuscript Collection we have essays collected by Dr. Karin Zipf following September 11, 2001. On 9/12/01, Dr. Zipf asked students in her Women’s Studies class to record their feelings about the events of the previous day. What was captured provides insight into the reactions of students who lived that experience. These essays are publicly available in our digital collections and can be found at: digital.lib.ecu.edu/collections/nine-eleven

Special Event: 

How the FBI Changed After September 11, 2001:
A Former Special Agent’s Ground View – Monday, Sept. 13, 3:30pm

Please join us for the lecture How the FBI Changed After September 11, 2001: A Former Special Agent’s Ground View – Monday, Sept. 13, 3:30pm in the library’s Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery – Sponsored by Joyner Library, the Whichard Professorship in the Humanities, & the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement 



This fall marks 20 years since the tragic events of 9/11/01. The Never Forget: 20 Years Later 9/11 Commemoration Committee would like to share the programs and events that have been planned in September to educate, remember, and reflect on this historic day in American history.