Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.74
Dimensions: 6 ft X 3 ft X 0.375 in
Dimensions (Metric): 15.24 cm X 7.62 cm X 0.9525 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Quilt created by a quilting bee at Lynchburg College and made with fabric, batting, thread, and marker. This quilt has 18 unique squares each with a different design. Most are made of fabric, with marker used to create the image or message. In the center is a square with the Lynchburg College logo. There are a few small attachments, among them gold star lapel pins and red, white, and blue ribbon.
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.