Survivors Staircase

By: (AP)
By: (AP)
The staircase that served as an escape route for people fleeing the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 is being moved for the last time at ground zero.

This undated file photo provided by the National Trust shows the Vesey Street staircase in New York, the only piece of the World Trade Center still standing exactly where it was before terrorists destroyed the twin towers. After years of debate over whether and how to preserve the structure, though, the "survivor staircase', as it has come to be known, will be moved this weekend for the first time. Construction crews will station the stairs about 200 feet to be stored on site until they can be installed at the Sept. 11 memorial. (AP Photo/Robert Kornfeld, Jr. and Richard Zimbler, National Trust, File,HO)

NEW YORK (AP) - The staircase that served as an escape route for people fleeing the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 is being moved for the last time at ground zero.

The 22-foot-tall staircase was an above-ground remnant of the original trade center complex after the 2001 terrorist attacks; survivors took the stairs from the outdoor trade center complex to the street below before the towers collapsed.

Preservationists fought for years to keep it where it was, but it stood in the footprint of a planned office tower on the trade center site.

It was lifted and moved across the site in March and again in July. On Thursday, workers will move the 37 stairs to their final spot at the entrance to the future Sept. 11 museum.


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