AIDS Memorial Quilt to be displayed at The City College of New York in honor of World AIDS DayAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Monday, November 18th, 2013
NEW YORK, — Six hundred panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, will be on display at The City College of New York, Dec. 2-6.
This exhibit of sections of the 54-ton, handmade tapestry stands as a striking memorial to the lives of countless individuals lost to AIDS. The City College display is the largest of its kind in America, according to Brian Holman, National Display Coordinator for the NAMES Project Foundation. The Quilt is being presented as part of The City College World AIDS Day Educational Series in collaboration with the City University’s LGBT Task Force and will be open to the community for free public display and educational programming .
In New York City alone over 125,000 people are HIV + and thousands more are infected and are unaware of it. According to the New York City Department of Health HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of deaths of New Yorkers aged 35-55.
James P. Robinson, Chairperson of The City University’s LGBT Task Force , explains, “At the height of the pandemic many doctors, funeral homes, and cemeteries refused to even handle victims of those murdered by AIDS. This loving display is the only respectful memorial some have ever received. We thank President Lisa S. Coico for her visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together at The City University of New York, the largest public urban university in the United States.
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