Sewn In Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois. November 2, 2021 - July 10, 2022.

Sewn In Memory

Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois is a new exhibit at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and features over a dozen quilt panels originally made in the 1980s and early 1990s for the AIDS Memorial Quilt, in Washington, DC. Each of these panels commemorates a person who died of AIDS, or of an AIDS-related ailment. Illinois Public Media, the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois and students from the College of Media at Illinois worked together in the fall of 2021 to create video vignettes on the lives and legacies of these individuals.

Photo of Scott Hubbard's AIDS quilt panel

Sewn in Memory: Scott Hubbard

A former Champaign County Sheriff's Deputy, Scott Hubbard died of AIDS in 1992 and is remembered by his friend Urbana Police Officer Jim Wuersch.
Photograph of cloth quilt panel

Sewn in Memory: Ruben

Ruben loved music, writing songs and dressing in dresses.  He died of AIDS in 1990. He is remembered by friends in Champaign, Illinois who made his quilt panel.

Sewn in Memory: Greg Downey

Greg Downey from Monticello, Illinois died of AIDS at home surrounded by his mother's love. She talks about Greg, his sexuality and AIDS diagnosis and her promise to him before he died in 1990.

Sewn in Memory: Paul “Pablo” Arbogast

Paul "Paco" Arbogast was unabashedly gay and loving to all who new him.  He died of AIDS in St. Joseph, Illinois in 1986.  Paco’s sister and one of Paco’s lovers remember him.

Sewn in Memory: Merrill Eskew

Merrill Eskew co-owned The Little Professor Book Center in Urbana, Illinois. He died of AIDS in 1992.  Merrill's partner and his daughter remember him.

Sewn in Memory: Donald “Devin” Carrington

Donald "Devin" Carrington was a cosmetologist and bartender from central Illinois who died of AIDS in 1990.  In this video, Devin's mother remembers her son.

Sewn in Memory: Scott Ford

Scott Ford, formerly of Chicago, was a bit of a "bad boy," according to a long-time friend who remembers what a remarkable person Scott was.  Scott died of AIDS in 1988.

Sewn in Memory: Ronald Steinhoff

Ronald Steinhoff-Thornton was an out gay man at the University of Illinois in the Medical Scholars program. He died of AIDS in 1996.  He is remembered as a role model by one of his classmates.

Sewn in Memory: Patrick Danen and Robert (Bobby) Rodgers

Patrick Danen and Robert Rodgers were lovers and partners in Ivesdale, Illinois until both men died of AIDS witin months of each other in the 1980s. They are remembered by friends.

Sewn in Memory: Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher was an out gay man and adminstrative assistant for the Gay Community AIDS Project in Champaign, Illinois.  He died of AIDS in 1991.  Close friends of Stephen remember him.

Sewn in Memory: Stories Untold

Students from the College of Media at the University of Illinois researched the men commemorated in this exhibit.  In this video, they talk about the stories they didn't get.