The AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display

St. Johns River Community College reported to Historic City News that they will display a block of The AIDS Memorial Quilt in its St. Augustine Campus Library.

This will be the second year that SJRCC has been selected to display a portion of The Quilt.

On loan from the Northeast Florida Chapter of The NAMES Project Foundation, the block is approximately 12 square feet and consists of individual memorial panels personalized by family members.

The Quilt originated in 1987 as a memorial for those who died of AIDS and to help emphasize the devastating impact of the disease.

The Quilt’s original 40 panels have increased to more than 47,000 panels, and it measures over 1,293,300 square feet. It contains more than 91,000 names of AIDS victims; among them are fashion designer Halston, actor Rock Hudson, performer Liberace, U.S. Congressman Stewart McKinney, ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Washington Redskins player Jerry Smith, NASCAR driver Tim Richmond and rap artist Eazy E.

The Quilt will be on display now through December 18th.

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