Archiving the Quilt

The Monument Quilt, a project of Baltimore based FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, is a collection of over 3,000 stories by survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and our allies, written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric. Our stories literally blanket highly public, outdoor places to create and demand space to heal, and resist a singular narrative about sexual violence. A photograph of each quilt and its unique reference number is archived at app.themonumentquilt.org.

The Monument Quilt is the first national memorial to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. After six years of organizing, in the 50th and final display in 2019, the Monument Quilt stretched across the National Mall to spell out You Are Not Alone and No Estás Solx. Over 50,000 people saw the Monument Quilt in person, and hundreds of thousands engaged with the project online.

The thousands of survivors who told their stories in the quilt, did so between 2013-2019 — during the MeToo era — illustrating the role of art in creating this dramatic shift in consciousness. FORCE is now archiving the quilt, placing each of the 750 blocks in permanent collections around the world, so that these urgent stories from survivors and our allies can continue to be heard and so that the history and legacy of our e orts can be preserved.