Accession Number: C.2022.26.1
Dimensions: 156 in X 180 in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 396.24 cm X 457.2 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Hedab Tarifi of the Muslim Public Affairs Council
Muslim Public Affairs Council 9/11 Quilt
Handmade quilt consisting of nine rows and eleven columns of red, white, and blue fabric with 3,024 victim names embroidered in white in alphabetical order by first name. The quilt is titled Muslim Public Affairs Council 9/11 Quilt and includes the organization logo at the bottom. Handwritten signatures of individuals involved in making the quilt are on the backside of the quilt.
Hedab Tarifi was born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait. From 1979 to 1983, Tarifi attended the University of Florida, earning a degree in computer software engineering before returning to Kuwait. Tarifi immigrated to the United States following the Persian Gulf War and settled in Los Angeles. She became actively involved in the Islamic Center of Southern California as well as the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Tarifi participated in inter-faith speaking events and advocated for Muslim Americans through civic engagement, working to build cross-cultural communication, understanding, and support between Muslim Americans and their local communities. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tarifi spent several months recording audio for “A Portrait of Hedab”, a half-hour audio diary for National Public Radio, which aired around the time of the first anniversary of 9/11. Tarifi also lead the project to create a memorial quilt for the first anniversary. She designed the quilt to include the names of every 9/11 victim known at the time. The final 12 feet by 15 feet quilt was finished on September 6, 2002.