It's been nearly 14 months since the toxic train derailment in East Palestine. Now, hundreds of moments captured in time showing the history and aftermath of the derailment are on display in the village's library

The photos even caught the attention of TIME Magazine, 13 of which were published last month.  

"There's all kinds of ways people move forward and that's important to show," said Rebecca Kiger, documentary photographer based in Wheeling.

Hundreds of photos taken by Kiger are now displayed at East Palestine Memorial Public Library each showing a moment from the people in East Palestine following the derailment. Some images feature prominent village leaders and advocates including Fire Chief Keith Drabick, Mayor Trent Conaway, Misty Allison with Moms Clean Air Force and a community activist, Jess Conard with Beyond Plastics and a community activist, and dozens of community members. 

Kiger started photographing East Palestine while freelancing for The Washington Post until TIME Magazine noticed her work last year.

"This was the largest chemical disaster in the State of Ohio and it's also important to document because, what do communities do when that happens?" Kiger said. "And what I found is everybody worked on doing something in their way."

Kiger received funding from The Center for Contemporary Documentation to further her mission to photograph the village. 13 of Kiger's photos were published in TIME Magazine's February 12 issue. TIME published a total of 40 of Kiger's photos online.

"I saw a community very active in moving on," Kiger said. "Whether it be through advocating for healthcare, whether it be banning vinyl chloride, better training for firefighters or keeping people's spirits lifted."

Kiger has even visited Columbus and Washington D.C. while politicians and the local community have been fighting for answers and accountability. 

Now, the village can get a glimpse at all of her published and unpublished work until the end of April at the library.

"It's important to show the realities and the truths of it and all of the multitudes of truths," said Kara Milstein, Photo Editor with TIME Magazine. "Some people we have moments of celebration where it's the Fourth of July or Christmas and other moments where people were sick or hurting. So, we wanted a variety of images that show everything moving forward."

The saying that goes, 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' now has a deeper meaning for the people of the village reviewing Kiger's work, as there's still a long road ahead.

"Rebecca took thousands of images and we wanted the people of East Palestine to see her work," Milstein added. "There are so many beautiful photographs and we are proud to have an exhibition here at the East Palestine Library. We have about 150 photos that haven't been seen yet."

A community event marking the beginning of the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 PM. According to the library, the event offers an opportunity for community members to provide feedback on a diverse collection of unpublished photos captured by Kiger. Attendees will have the chance to engage in a panel discussion featuring the representatives from TIME Magazine and community members who were featured in the report. 

"I'm grateful I was able to spend as much time as I did in the village and get to know the people," Kiger told 21 News. "It blew me away to see the type of person you find in this town. We've had people make us homemade food and people volunteer to help us. Encountering amazing people here was my experience all around and I'm rooting for a good outcome."

Kiger's exhibit at East Palestine's Library runs until April 30.