Infamous ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ to Open Exhibit This Wednesday

On September 27, PBS’s “Frontline” will air a special called, “The Man Behind the Mosque.” Above, find the trailer for the show.

NEW YORK (The Blaze/AP) — The infamous project that came to be known as the “Ground Zero Mosque” is, once again, finding its way into the news. The organizers of the Islamic community center and mosque near the site of the September 11 terror attacks have decided that it’s time to officially open a portion of the building.

The newly remodeled community space on the ground floor of the building owned by Park51 is scheduled for a grand opening on Wednesday. A photo exhibition will be the first public program. The New York Times has more about this event, which is sure to capture both local and national attention:

At first glance, the two men and their projects may not seem to have much in common: Danny Goldfield, 44…has spent the past seven years trying to photograph a child from every country in the world — and each child must live in New York City. Sharif El-Gamal, 37, is the developer behind Park51, the Muslim community center and mosque planned on a site two blocks from ground zero.

The two have formed an unlikely partnership: Mr. El-Gamal has offered the existing building at the site on Park Place as an exhibition space for some of the 171 photographs Mr. Goldfield has completed so far. And Mr. Goldfield is allowing his work, called NYChildren Photography, to be the centerpiece of Park51’s first public fund drive.

The New York Times has assembled a slideshow of some of the children’s photos that you can view here. Park51 Chief of Staff Katerina Lucas says the exhibit will hopefully show those opposed to the Islamic center what kind of space it’s meant to be. Park51’s Twitter account has been actively promoting the initiative:

The rest of the Park Place building has yet to be renovated. The developer has said it will be years before the project, envisioned with a mosque, health club and theater, is fully realized. Back in January, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Park51 leader who was involved in much of the controversy surrounding the religious center, was replaced.