Sewn in Memory: Stories Untold
For 16 weeks during the fall of 2021, 12 students from the University of Illinois College of Media worked with Stretch Ledford (Department of Journalism) and Kimberlie Kranich (Illinois Public Media) to research and produce biographies of the men commemorated in Spurlock Museum's "Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois" exhibit. The students produced 11 short films but were unable to find enough content for the eight other quilt panels on display in the exhibit. These men's stories remain untold.
These videos commemorate men who died from AIDS in central Illinois in the 1980s and 1990s as told through stories from their friends and family. They are produced by the University of Illinois Department of Journalism and Illinois Public Media as part of Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois, a community-curated exhibit created for the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures in 2021 in collaboration with the Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois (GCAP) and the Department of History at the University of Illinois.