Sewn In Memory

Sewn in Memory: Stephen Gallagher


Stephen Partrick Gallagher was an administrative assistant for the Gay Community AIDS Project  (GCAP) in Champaign, Illinois.  He was a volunteer in the Buddies Program of GCAP and paired with Mike Hyman and made Mike's quilt after he died. Stephen earned a degree in social work from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He was born in Bettendorf, Iowa and died in Urbana, IL in 1991. In this video, Jerry Carden and Julie Pryde, close friends of Stephen, remember him.

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.

Sewn in Memory: Stephen Gallagher Video