Thursday, November 29, 2007

AIDS Memorial Quilt To Be Displayed

Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A portion of the massive AIDS Memorial Quilt will make a one-day appearance in Memphis on Saturday, December 1st in honor of World AIDS Day.

Twenty twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot blocks from the colorful quilt will be shown at Rhodes College. Established in 1987, the NAMES project Foundation designed the 50-ton quilt. Over 40,000 blocks memorialize someone who has died from AIDS.

Blocks contain items that once belonged to victims, such as car keys, motorcycle jackets, love letters, flip-flops, merit badges, stuffed animals, and wedding rings.

Information booths and free HIV testing stations will be set up from noon to 4 p.m. at the event.

Also, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region will offer free HIV testing at the Orange Mound Community Center on Friday, November 30th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more on the quilt, go here. Or for more on World AIDS Day, go here.

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