Creighton hosting COVID Memorial Quilt at Phoenix campus
Pictured above are Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, left, and Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, viewing the display.
The Covid Memorial Quilt, a living memorial to all those who have died from COVID-19, is now on view at Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix.
The quilt was conceived and constructed by Madeleine Fugate, a teenager from Los Angeles, in 2020. Individual memorial squares were sent to Fugate from people throughout the world who wanted to honor loved ones lost to COVID-19. Fugate then created the quilt from those squares.
“We are honored to be hosting this moving tribute at our Phoenix campus,” said the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, president of Creighton University. “The quilt serves as a symbol of hope, resilience, and remembrance on a global scale. We welcome the community to visit our campus so they, too, may experience the memorial for themselves.”
Before coming to Creighton’s Phoenix campus, the quilt was displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe, the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Covid Memorial Quilt began as a seventh-grade community action project, "Young Change-Makers in a COVID-19 World." Fugate chose to make the Covid Memorial Quilt to publicly grieve, honor and recognize all those who have died.
Twenty-five panels of the COVID Memorial Quilt, including one just completed and never publicly seen, are available for viewing at Creighton’s campus in midtown Phoenix (3100 N. Central Ave.) through August. Each panel holds 25 memorial squares.