Panels from the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt, which is part of the permanent collection at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s International Quilt Museum, and part of a current exhibit there, will also be displayed in Staten Island, New York, for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“Nearly 20 years ago we promised to never forget and it is an honor to return the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt to St. John’s once again to continue to keep that promise,” Dennis McKeon, executive director of Where to Turn, said. “Thanks to Corey Gammel for creating this fitting tribute to the victims of 9/11 and St. John’s for once again hosting.”
More than 3,000 volunteers from 17 countries had a hand in making the quilt blocks. In May 2002, volunteers held workshops to assemble the blocks into panels. A group of about 40 women worked together that summer to create the panels. Since then, it has been shown throughout the country.
The International Quilt Museum acquired the quilt and added it to its permanent collection in 2015.
The International Quilt Museum is also hosting an exhibition with additional panels, “Trying to Make Sense of It: 9/11, Loss, and Memorial Quilts,” which will show through Oct. 16. The entire 9/11 quilt is on view through an interactive kiosk in the gallery. Visitors may browse the quilt or search for a name to see the block dedicated to that individual.