AIDS Memorial Quilt to be displayed during Pride Week in Morehead

In partnership with Morehead State University’s Camden-Carroll Library, Morehead Pride is proud to present an exhibit of two sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS. This exhibit is free and open to the public and will be viewable during regular library hours from October 2 to 8 in the Athena Room on the second floor.

Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 49,000 individual 3 x 6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The AIDS Memorial Quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community.

Julie Rhoad, Executive Director of The NAMES Project Foundation explains, “We are thrilled to have the chance to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community. These handmade blocks, created by friends and family, tell the stories of individuals who have lost their lives to AIDS. We bring you their stories in the hope of inspiring compassion, healing and personal responsibility. We thank Morehead Pride and the Camden-Carroll Library at Morehead State University for hosting this event and we invite you all out to see what wonderful art we have created together as a nation.”

Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, churches, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than 15 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display throughout the world.

A Diversity & Inclusion Forum and reception will be held on Oct. 6 , 3-6 p.m. in the Athena Room during the exhibit. Guest speakers include author and diversity trainer Ryan Sallans, Mark Johnson (member of Bluegrass Black Pride and Pride Community Services Organization) and the director of AVOL (AIDS Volunteers, Inc.), Jon Parker. The reception and forum are free and open to the public.

RSVP to the forum at www.facebook.com/events/1897673390496610

For more information about the AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit or the Diversity & Inclusion Forum, contact Morehead Pride at info@moreheadpride.org

The AIDS Memorial Quilt Facts

  • Funds Raised by the Quilt for Direct Services for People with AIDS: over $4,000,000 (U.S.)
  • Number of Visitors to the Quilt: 15,200,00
  • 12′ by 12′ Sections of The Quilt: 5,956
  • Panels in the Quilt: app. 49,000+
  • Names on the Quilt: More than 96,000+
  • Size : 1.3 million square feet
  • Miles of Fabric: 50 miles long if all 3’x6′ panels were laid end to end
  • Total Weight: More than 54 tons
  • NAMES Project Chapters: 11
  • International Affiliates: 25