Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.20
Dimensions: 34 ¾ in X 69 ½ in X 2 in
Dimensions (Metric): 86.36 cm X 175.26 cm X 5.08 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
One Nation under God
Quilt titled One Nation under God created by Cindy Shearer and made with fabric, batting, thread, and photo transfers. This quilt is a dual memorial to September 11, 2001, as well as the crash of TWA Flight 800 in July 1996. The quilt has an American flag design with the left side dedicated to Flight 800 and with the date and photo transfers of some of the victims and text. On the right side is a small cotton T-shirt for "Caring Hearts," in memory of September 11, 2001, sewn on the quilt. A photo transfer of text is next to the T-shirt. At the top of the quilt is the text "United by Tears." The quilt has a yellow border.
Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, New York City–based arts educator Drunell Levinson conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring together the work of artists from around the world. Drawing upon her academic research into mourning customs and her expertise as a quilter and fabric artist, Levinson issued a call for quilts on a website she created for the project. She offered thematic guidelines and requested a uniform size but left the choice of material, style, and subject to each quilter. Within the first year after 9/11, she had received 94 quilts. Over the next two years, the quilts—many using the Twin Towers as a focal point—were displayed throughout the United States and in Japan.