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Tiffany Locke (left) and Emily Shafer prepared shoes for the exhibit, which will open on April 7.
The collection includes 135 boxes of shoes and more than 1,800 letters from people around the world.
Since the fall, a team of archivists, volunteers, and private donors has been painstakingly preserving the fragile artifacts of a city in mourning.
Archivist Marta Crilly among the memorial items being stored in the City of Boston Archives, which is keeping many paper artifacts.
“These objects are a big part of the grieving process and the healing process, but they’re also historically important,” said Marta Crilly, an archivist.
This pair of running shoes left at the Marathon memorial last year will be part of an exhibit at the Boston Public Library.
“This is my way of giving back,” said Tiffany Locke, another volunteer who helped clean the running shoes. “It’s an opportunity to be on this path of Boston moving forward.”
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