Memorial Quilt Project and Paintings by Melvin Irons

Posted on: December 10, 2021, by :

AAHMSNJ will expand upon the Black Lives Matter theme with an exhibit pairing the crafts of needlework and quilting with the the art of painting.

At AAHMSNJ Atlantic City in Stockton University's Noyes Arts Garage

2200 Fairmount Ave.,Atlantic City, NJ

FREE. Donations are encouraged.

Two quilts on loan to the AAHMSNJ from the Stitch Their Names Memorial Project bring attention to black lives cut short as a result of racism, police violence and hate crimes. Portraits of 116 individuals were stitched onto the quilt pieces to memorialize their  lives, honor their loved ones, and recognize the effect of their absence on the communities affected by the violence of their deaths.  The Stitch Their Names Memorial Project is a group of cross-stitchers and quilters across the country (and beyond) who seek to honor the legacy of Black individuals for whom racism and hate have led to their deaths. 

The Melvin Irons exhibit depicts events preceding the 1985 bombing of a communal West Philadelphia rowhome occupied by the MOVE organization. The unprecedented action resulted in the death of 6 adults and 5 children in the fire.  Irons, who lived in the area at the time, reflected on his view of the conflict between police and MOVE members in a series of ten paintings.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.

While visiting the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University visitors are asked to wear masks to protect against the Covid 19 virus.

MOVE painting by Melvin Irons portray events prior to bombing in Philadelphia.

One of two quilts from Stitch Their Names Memorial Project that will be on display.