the other Public Enemy + Anthrax collaboration
February 7, 2008 6:04 PM Subscribe
The Joseph Curseen, Jr., and Thomas Morris, Jr., Processing and Distribution Center opened
in December 2003 with little fanfare. Formerly the Brentwood (D.C.) Post Office, it was renamed by House Resolution 3287
in honor of the two postal workers killed after two letters containing anthrax passed through on their way to Capitol Hill.
They died from respiratory ailments related to inhaling anthrax spores while on the job, 17 others who worked there were sickened. A letter containing anthrax sent to Sen. Daschle's office apparently was damaged in transit and spores were released. Postal officials deemed the plant safe for work even as Capitol Hill workers received antibiotics to counter anthrax released by letters processed at Brentwood
. Both workers went to the doctor feeling ill, but returned home afterwards. Both died shortly thereafter
. After that occurred, the government closed the facility and renovated & fumigated it, costing "easily $130 million"
. Their deaths have been memorialized in other ways- a five year memorial was held where Sen. Barbara Mikulski spoke, saying that they died "as heroes in the war on terrorism
". And a former co-worker (and inventor of the Footballbot™ and Four Way Checkers™) sells plaques, t-shirts, and mugs in their memory in order to establish a day of remembrance
Although the new name is somewhat misleading; all outgoing mail is now sent to Maryland for processing which had the interesting effect of almost eliminating the DC postmark
Current status of the FBI's investigation, Amerithrax, is here