Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois

Exhibit on display through Sunday, July 10

Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana

Sewn in Memory showcases panels originally made in the 1980s and early '90s by residents of Central Illinois for the national AIDS Memorial Quilt. As part of a course taught in Fall 2021 by Charles "Stretch" Ledford, associate professor of journalism, in collaboration with Kimberlie Kranich, Illinois Public Media’s Director of Community Content & Engagement, students produced a series of short documentaries chronicling those commemorated in some of the panels. Their work is featured in the exhibit and is also viewable online at

Learn more about the student-produced documentaries.