The Monument 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.

In its 50th and final full display, May 31-June 2, 2019 the Monument Quilt blanketed National Mall. You can view Monument Quilt app, featuring images of each Monument Quilt square, here. View the archived programming details here.

The culminating event received widespread media coverage, including Ms Magazine, the Marshall Project and the Washington Post. Over the 6-year duration of the project, the Monument Quilt was featured on MSNBCRefinery 29, and Think Progress, to name a few. Video from our 2014 tour can be seen here, and footage from our hometown, Baltimore, is here.

Members of the staff collective shaped the vision of the Quilt, and it was guided by our Leadership Team. At the time of the final display, the staff collective included Charnell Covert, E Cadoux, Mora Fern├índez, Hannah Brancato, and Shanti Flagg. Former staff collective members include Saida Agostini, Robin Marquis and Rebecca Nagle. The Monument Quilt was co-founded by Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle in 2013. 

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