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Springfield Teacher Has a Song on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Website

Quinton Smith, a teacher at Central High School in Springfield, traveled to New York City two years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  He went as a chaperone on a Central Choir trip—his wife Alberta is choir director.  But, in his free time, he focused on his passion for songwriting.  He knew he wanted to write a song about 9/11, but he didn’t exactly know how he wanted to approach it…


When Smith returned home, he sifted through his notes and began to work on his ballad…


The result was “The Ballad of the Twin Towers,” which is now on the website for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City…


A review committee decides whether an artist can have his or her work on the website.  Those who are chosen can continue submitting other works if they choose, but each piece must be reviewed and accepted.

Smith recently got an e-mail from a woman from New York City who told him his song took her back and reawakened her—not in a bad way—but in a good way, as a reminder of what’s really important. He hopes the song and video will keep the events of 9/11 alive in people’s minds…


The song and video can be viewed at  Click on “museum” then “Artist’s Registry” and search for “Quinton Patterson Briggs.”

For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.