Five panels of the World AIDS Memorial quilt will remain on display through Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Pulaski Technical College as part of the college's observance of World AIDS Day.
The five panels will be on display from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily in the Campus Center Grand Hall. The display is open to the public at no charge.
The panels are part of a 54-ton handmade tapestry that serves as a memorial to more than 90,000 people who have died of AIDS. The AIDS Memorial quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, the quilt is comprised of more than 47,000 individual 3 x 6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. The 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.
"These handmade blocks, created by friends and family, tell the stories of individuals who have lost their lives to AIDS," said Julie Rhoad, executive director of The NAMES Project Foundation, which is the custodian of the quilt. "We bring you their stories in the hope of inspiring compassion, healing and personal responsibility. We thank Pulaski Technical College for hosting this event, and we invite you all out to see what wonderful art we have created together as a nation."