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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum meets 9:03 fund goal of $15 million.

The funds will be used for enhancements to the museum and for the memorial’s endowment. Museum officials hope new multimedia displays will better connect with and educate young people about the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: April 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014

Time seemed to stand still as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building crumbled on April 19, 1995.

Those left behind, including the daughters of bombing victim veterinarian Margaret Clark, had no choice but to move forward.

“I realize now you should do the best you can. You should do everything in your ability to be the best you can be, and help others be the best that they can be,” Chelsea Spencer said.

“I don’t think there is a way you can be unchanged by it,” Rosslyn Biggs said.

The women, Clark’s daughters, spoke on the topic of change in a videotaped interview. Their thoughts and other tributes to their mother can be perused and played by visitors on new multimedia displays at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

The new additions were installed as a result of the 9:03 Fund, a two-year campaign designed to reflect the future and the responsibility that comes with it. The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building occurred at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995. At 9:03 that morning, the responsibility of remembering and educating began, memorial officials have said.

Officials targeted April 19, 2015, the 20th anniversary of a bombing that resulted in the deaths of 168 people, as the deadline to raise $15 million. Friday, museum officials announced the campaign had exceeded its goal ahead of schedule. The campaign raised $15,283,588 just ahead of the 19th anniversary of the tragedy.

The memorial intends to use $10 million for its endowment, and $5 million to update and enhance the museum.

The first phase of the upgrades opened to the public Friday. Those included new restrooms, the multimedia displays and a new spot for the Gallery of Honor — 168 display boxes featuring pictures of bombing victims and personal items.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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