Hear personal accounts of how individuals are Looking Back – Thinking Forward 25 years later.

Experience the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum through stories from those most affected by the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Hear personal accounts of how individuals are Looking Back – Thinking Forward 25 years later.

The exclusive tour is offered on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and includes

  • Private tour before the Museum opens to the public (60 minutes)
  • Behind the scenes tour of the Archives (30 minutes)
  • 10% discount on all Memorial Store purchases the day of the tour

February 21 – Melissa Houston, Survivor

On April 19, 1995, Melissa Houston was a staff attorney for the Oklahoma Truth in Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission housed in the Journal Record Building, across from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. As a survivor, she became involved with passage of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. She serves as a Memorial Foundation Trustee and a member of the Memorial Conscience Committee.

February 28 – Susan Walton, Survivor

Susan Walton was making a deposit at the Federal Employees Credit Union on the third floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. She sustained significant injuries and endured weeks of hospitalization and months of extensive physical therapy. After recovering from her injuries, she started Suited for Success, a nonprofit to provide clothing for low income women re-entering the work force. She currently serves on the Memorial Conscience Committee.

March 6 – Barry Black, First Responder

Barry Black is a retired FBI Special Agent Bomb Technician. As a first responder on April 19, 1995, he conducted an initial assessment of the scene and coordinated efforts for the FBI’s Evidence Response Team. As a member of the OKBOMB Task Force, he seized Timothy McVeigh’s getaway vehicle, worked with the Office of the Medical Examiner to identify victims and supported the investigation through the trial in Denver. Barry continues to share his experience with groups in the Memorial’s First Person program.

March 13 – Richard A. Kelley, First Responder

Richard Kelley is currently the Fire Chief of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.  On April 19, 1995, Richard was a Corporal.  He was called in off duty the day of the bombing and worked a total of 11 days on the rescue and recovery efforts. He was assigned to the final team working the bombing site when recovery operations were ceased.  He serves on the Memorial Conscience Committee and is an Ex Officio Member of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Board of Trustees.

March 20 – Robin Marsh, Media

Robin Marsh is a News Anchor / Reporter for KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City. She is an Emmy Award Winning Journalist and has more than 35 years of experience in broadcasting. In April of 1995, Robin Marsh was a vital part of KWTV’s coverage of the Oklahoma City Bombing. She was reporting live at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building moments after the bombing occurred. Robin is one of the few Oklahoma City News Reporters who were on scene at the Murrah Federal Building 25 years ago that still works in the Oklahoma City television broadcasting market today.

March 27 – Ed Eckenstein, Survivor

In 1995, Ed Eckenstein worked for the Oklahoma Water Resource Board (OWRB), housed in the OWRB Building across the street from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. After the bombing, Ed served as the chair of the State Employees Bombing Recovery Committee and as a member of the Trial Travel Committee. He participates in the Memorial’s First Person program and enjoys sharing his story of surviving and thriving with student and adult groups.

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