Fragment of the Pentagon facade

Fragment of the Pentagon facade

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Description
Description: This piece of scorched limestone facade was recovered from the wreckage of the Pentagon.
Context: The Pentagon, completed in 1943 under the urgencies of World War II, was built to provide a central headquarters for an expanded U.S. military. On September 11, hijackers crashed an American Airlines Boeing 757 airliner into a portion of the Pentagon that had been reinforced recently as part of a building renovation and counterterrorism effort. The plane crashed just outside the building and slid nearly halfway through it. It totally destroyed a section of the first two floors of the five-story building. The heavily damaged upper floors initially held but, with an intense fire raging, soon collapsed.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
stone fragment
maker
Indiana Limestone Company
recovered
United States: Virginia, Pentagon
Measurements
overall: 48.3 cm x 119.4 cm x 40.6 cm; 19 in x 47 in x 16 in
ID Number
2002.0289.01
accession number
2002.0289
catalog number
2002.0289.01
subject
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
September 11th Attacks
Attack on the Pentagon
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, 9/11
September 11
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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