United in Memory

United in Memory

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, took more lives than any other single human-engineered event before on United States soil. News media broadcast the sights, sounds, and voices of the day, inscribing the tragedy into the memory of viewers. The human process of collectively mourning our losses and sharing our comfort began immediately.

A few weeks after the attacks, Corey Gammel and Peter Marquez of Long Beach, California, visited Ground Zero in New York City. Stirred by this experience and the example of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the men founded an organization to create the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt.

Honoring the Victims. Comforting the World.

The quilt consists of 142 panels containing personalized blocks for each victim of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The work of 3,600 volunteers from 18 countries totals more than 15,000 square feet, and the quilt panels have toured the country since late 2002. According to Gammel, the quilt serves as “a healing balm to our wounded spirits and as eternal beacons, reaffirming our respect for life and freedom and inspiring an end to hatred, bigotry, ignorance and intolerance.

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About the Collection

About the Collection
About the Collection

While the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt toured the United States, co-founder Corey Gammel sought a permanent home for the quilt. With the generosity of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum acquired the quilt and will care for it and continue to make it available for public display.

Since arriving at Quilt House, thousands of volunteer and staff hours have been devoted to cleaning, accessioning, photographing and housing the panels within the Museum’s collections.

Sponsors

Sponsors
Sponsors

Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment 
Friends of International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Moda United Notions
Aurifil 

Event Date
Friday, August 26, 2016 to Sunday, October 9, 2016