Alcatraz East – 117: The Boston Marathon Bombing
Alcatraz East Crime Museum is unveiling a new temporary exhibit to recognize the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The exhibit, titled “117: The Boston Marathon Bombing,” will feature details about the event, as well as several authentic artifacts, and will open on April 14, 2023.
The temporary exhibit will recall the timeline of the tragedy and include artifacts from the event, including a runner’s medal, prayer shawl, and a VIP Seating pass from the finish line.
According to the Department of Justice, on April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs were placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon by brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The explosives detonated within seconds of each other, injuring over 200 people and killing three, including an eight-year-old boy. The attack was the first on American soil since 9/11.
The Boston Marathon is the oldest in the country, starting in 1897. It’s estimated that there are roughly half a million spectators that turn out to watch it in person. The 127th Boston Marathon will take place on April 17, 2023, and is expected to have nearly 30,000 athletes participating from over 100 countries.