Photographer's Note

This picture was taken at St. Paul's, built in 1766, Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use, and its remaining colonial church.

George Washington worshiped here on Inauguration Day, April 30, 1789, and attended services at St. Paul's during the two years New York City was the country's capital.

St. Paul's also happens to be located approximately 150 yards from the World Trade Center site. After the collapse of the twin towers, St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the World Trade Center site.

I found this image of particular interest because several pieces of history touched at this sight on September 11, 2001. Our first president worshiped here marking the beginning of his term and this countries love for democracy. Mary Miles, a woman of no historical significance that I can find, passed away exactly 205 years prior to the events 5 years ago on September 11. And, 5 years ago you would have seen the Twin Towers blocking out the sun behind this tombstone. So a lot has happened at this sight.

Like many of my pictures I have taken them because I often wonder what these places and things have seen and if they could talk what would they say. This place is rich with stories to be told and I believe this picture captures one of them.

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