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Estrangement at memorial

It was not an easy thing for Kathleen Treanor to donate the tiny white sneaker with the pink flowers to the museum–a shoe her 4-year-old daughter, Ashley, was wearing the morning she was killed. But Treanor recognized the power that single shoe holds to evoke the enormity of the tragedy of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which is why the exhibit designers chose to place it in a glass case near the entrance to the museum honoring the 168 victims of the attack. Treanor doesn’t visit the museum anymore, however, nor the memorial outside on the site where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building stood. Not because it is too painful, she says, but because she refuses to pay the $7 admission to view her own daughter’s shoe. “I do not feel welcome there anymore,” said Treanor, who served on the committee that founded the memorial and whose husband Michael’s parents also were killed in the bombing. Full Story

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