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The Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown
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Safe deposit box with burned paper inside and a set of keys (2) attached to a plastic keychain. Separate blueboard box containing charred paper (3).
This box, which came from the the World Trade Center concourse-level branch of Chase Manhattan Bank, was found at Ground Zero in April-May of 2002. Allen Baird first rented the safety deposit box when he was a cotton trader at the Commodities Exchange during the 1980s. It contains financial documents, a savings bond given to him by his mother, and his first bank passbook, all of which were burned in the attack.
Gift of Allen J. Baird
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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