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Rev. Larry Recla, a 1972 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, was pastor at a church in Queens on September 11, 2001. He spent the next 8 months working at the Ground Zero Temporary Morgue, rendering physical and spiritual aid to recovery personnel, blessing human remains in the morgue, and riding with bodies as they were transported off site. This collection contains items used or collected by Recla at Ground Zero and other related documents and digital artifacts.

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Collection Size

3 cubic feet

Publication Date

January 2017


Ground Zero, September 11, 2001, 9/11, World Trade Center, terrorist attack, New York, Manhattan, T-morgue


History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-205: The Larry Recla Ground Zero Collection