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Suwanee gets artifact from Twin Towers

Suwanee is one of 24 communities and organizations in Georgia selected to receive an artifact from the fallen Twin Towers in New York City.

Suwanee is one of 24 communities and organizations in Georgia selected to receive an artifact from the fallen Twin Towers in New York City.

SUWANEE -- Suwanee recently received a piece of history from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The city was one of 24 communities and organizations in Georgia selected to receive an artifact from the fallen Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, Suwanee spokeswoman Lynne DeWilde said.

Suwanee received a piece of steel that weighs 1,638 pounds and is about 90 inches long, 89 inches tall and 55 inches wide, DeWilde said. The National Institute of Standards and Technology studied the collapse of the buildings and partially identified the piece Suwanee received.

The steel came from the lower third of three columns that made up part of the 101st to 104th floors of one of the towers, but it is unclear which one, DeWilde said.

"Sept. 11 had an impact on communities throughout the country and across the world," DeWilde said. "We thought having an artifact would be a neat way to honor (those affected by the attacks)."

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey received 1,500 requests for an artifact and was able to fulfill 1,117 of those.

Suwanee, which has an active public arts program, plans to solicit an artist who can create a public arts piece that features the steel as its centerpiece, DeWilde said.

For now, the steel is being stored in the city's Public Works facility. It will be publicly unveiled at a ceremony on Sept. 10, the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

DeWilde said the city is considering leaving the piece out for display through the annual Suwanee Day arts festival, which will take place Sept. 17.