Sarah Roberts

To New York, Washington, and anyone who lost someone today

All photos © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.

On September 11, I was scared, angry, confused, anxious, sad, and I didn't know what to do, think, even feel. The only thing I felt entirely sure of was sadness, and compassion for those who lost their lives and loved ones. I wanted to put flowers on a sidewalk memorial, to remember the dead and comfort the living.

The next issue of the local paper showed on its front page a photo of flowers and a message placed on a sidewalk at the Princeton University campus, and I was moved by the image. Later, when I was ready to make a quilt for September 11 Quilts, I remembered this picture, and I thought I could translate it into a quilt. When I was half finished, it occurred to me that I would need permission to use the photo, and I called Frank Wojciechowski, the photographer. He was very generous to give me permission to make and exhibit this quilt, inspired by his photograph.

I hope that some of the love and grief of the sidewalk memorial, so poignantly expressed in the photograph, shows through this quilt. I want the families and friends of the victims of September 11 to know that we will never forget their loved ones.

Sarah Roberts          

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