Boston Library Exhibit To Pay Tribute To Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

A makeshift memorial sprung up after the Boston Marathon bombing last year. Photo:

The exhibit will run from April 7-May 11.

The Boston Public Library will open an exhibit next month that will pay tribute to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its victims.

The Boston Globe reports the exhibit will include items left by people at the makeshift memorial in Copley Square, from old running shoes and t-shirts to photos and letters of sympathy.

The exhibit will run from April 7-May 11.

“I started thinking of the bombing as a local museum professional,” exhibit curator Rainey Tisdale said. “I knew it was my duty to make sure this event was preserved.”

The Copley Square memorial was temporary, and after a while the items were transferred to the city of Boston’s archives. Tisdale pored through everything and chose the most meaningful items that would work with the exhibit’s three themes: People’s initial reactions, people’s reflections, and hopeful messages.

“It was a very emotional and intense process,” Tisdale said. “I saw so many amazing, heartfelt things.”

The library’s exhibit is part of a combined effort, called #BostonBetter, by other Boston organizations to reflect on the attack.

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