Organizers working to restore RI 9/11 Wall of Hope

The restoration of the wall would have been done sooner, but like most things it had to be pushed back because of the pandemic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island 9/11 Wall of Hope is in the process of being restored and relocated in the hopes it will be back on display in downtown Providence by this time next year.

The restoration of the wall would have been done sooner, but like most things it had to be pushed back because of the pandemic.

When the world changed 19 years ago, Jennifer Robinson wanted to create a place where people could grieve for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and at the same time look forward to the future.

“So that people could come together on the anniversary in 2002 and then beyond to reflect, and remember, and have something that brought them hope,” said Robinson.

And with the help of the community, she did.

It’s made up of almost 13,000 tiles and represents all 39 cities and towns in the state.

“After about 16 years it needed repair, and restoration, and the city decided it wanted to do different things with Waterplace Park,” said Robinson.

And so most of the panels, besides the ones outside the Rhode Island Convention Center  which are still up, were transported and stored with Banneker Supply Chain Solutions in North Smithfield, who had worked on the original wall. And that is where they’ve been since.

“Now the focus is, how do we re-imagine and re-purpose the tiles for the 2021 unveiling?” said CEO and President of Banneker Supply Chain Solutions Junior Jabbie.

“We were just about to get going with the repairs because we finally got everything into one location at Banneker, and the pandemic hit,” said Robin

But they’re planning to start up their efforts again in the hopes of having the art installation, restored, re-imagined, and relocated somewhere in downtown Providence on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks next year.

“Right now, in such a dark time with the pandemic, with people so scared, and losing loved ones again to another tragedy, I can’t think of something more meaningful to bring people hope,” said Robinson.

Right now the organizers are searching for people who work with steel to help repair the steel frames.

If you’d like to get involved in the restoration efforts, you can email them at riwallofhope@gmail.com.

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