Accession Number: C.2016.70.1
Dimensions: 96 in X 360 in
Dimensions (Metric): 243.84 cm X 914.4 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the American Folk Art Museum, New York, In honor of the Steel Quilters: Kathy S. Crawford, Amber M. Dalley, Jian X. Li, and Dorothy L. Simback with the help of countless others in tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America
After 9/11, four women in Pennsylvania mounted a grassroots effort to create a quilt that would honor all who were killed as a result of the attacks. Employees of the United States Steel Corporation, the women called themselves the Steel Quilters. Their effort was partly a response to the death of a coworker’s son, Lawrence Don Kim
, who worked at the World Trade Center. By March 2002, the Steel Quilters had stitched or received nearly 3,500 fabric squares from contributors in all 50 states and five countries. Most of the squares bear names of 9/11 victims, functioning as individual tributes within the collective memorial.