Society & Culture

Section of AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at UGA Gwinnett campus

Athens, Ga. – A section of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt is on view Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.- 5p.m. through Nov. 1 at the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus in Lawrenceville.

The 54-ton, handmade tapestry stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS. Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that serves as custodian of the quilt.

The display is hosted by UGA’s department of student affairs for extended campuses.

“We are so pleased to host a panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt again this year,” said Teresa Raetz, director of student affairs for extended campuses. “We’ve been hosting it since 2006 and we always receive positive feedback about it from students and others who view it.”

The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, the quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3-foot-by-6-foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS.

“We also provide information about local AIDS resources as part of the display,” Raetz said. “It’s important to continue to promote awareness about HIV/AIDS and we are proud to participate in that.”

For more information, call 678-985-6767.