Search for photos of 9/11 victims leads to Michigan school yearbook | New York News


ROMULUS, Michigan (AP) — Albert Ogletree was a name represented by an image of an oak leaf at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City until a bit of sleuthing led to a high school yearbook of the Michigan from 1966.

On Tuesday, the museum added the freshman photo of Ogletree’s Romulus High School to its memorial exhibit gallery, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday.

The museum had been unable to locate photos of just two of the approximately 3,000 victims since it opened in 2014, including Ogletree. The last identified victim whose photo has still not been found is Antonio Dorsey Pratt.

“It’s a place where no one wants their loved one to be seen, given the circumstances they are there for,” said chief curator Jan Ramirez. “Nevertheless, it’s so gratifying to pull off that leaf icon tile with the replacement of that quietly compelling portrait.”

Ogletree was working in the cafeteria of a financial services company in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, when terrorists flew a hijacked plane into the building. Another hijacked plane crashed into the south tower.

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It was part of a coordinated attack against several high profile US targets. In New York, 2,753 people have died. Another 184 were killed at the Pentagon in Washington DC, while 40 died on United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania.

Grant Llera, a member of the museum staff, was responsible for finding the photo of Ogletree, according to the museum. Llera’s search turned up an address in Romulus, about 37 kilometers southwest of Detroit. The school has been contacted.

Kathy Abdo, a Romulus town councilor and retired math teacher, located the black-and-white photo of Ogletree for the museum last year by browsing through the town’s historical society directories.

“The school called me and said – you know, we got this request and we don’t have any photos – and I said, ‘I’ll find out,'” Abdo told the Free. Press. “The fact that a Romulus student died on 9/11 made me feel the obligation to find his picture.”

“I went through all the directories I could,” she said. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.”

Ogletree was born on Christmas Day in 1951 and lived in Romulus with his parents and a sister. He then moved to New York and got married.

The museum said it found an obituary for Ogletree’s wife, who died in 2004. This led to his daughter-in-law, Justine Jones, who recalled Ogletree as “a loving man who played a significant role in her life” and a “skilled electronics repairman”. ”

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