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AIDS quilt display comes to Pacific Nov. 3

Conceived in 1985, the national quilt honors those lost to disease

Pacific University will host sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on two campuses from Nov. 3 through Dec. 2. The displays, co-sponsored by the Center for Gender Equity and the campus lbrary, will include five 12-by-12 foot blocks, each containing eight 3-by-6 foot panels.

Each panel memorializes individuals who have died of AIDS.

The community is welcome to view the quilt panels at no charge. The first location, where four blocks will be hanging, is the Pacific University Library. Here are the hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from noon to midnight. Thanksgiving hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 26; closed on Nov. 27 and 28; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 29.

The Health Professions Campus, located at 222 S.E. 8th Ave. in Hillsboro, will host one block in the north entrance on S.E. Washington St.

The Pacific University Library will feature a block bearing the name Tom Deas. Jerry Deas, Tom’s twin brother, requested it be part of the display for his family to view. Forest Grove community members requested the remaining panels.

An “Evening of Remembrance” will be hosted by the Center for Gender Equity on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Forest Grove campus library. Refreshments will be served as a speaker from the Cascade AIDS Project will briefly discuss HIV prevention and living with HIV. Community members will then share memories of their loved ones who have blocks in the display.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest ongoing community art project in the world. Each of the more than 44,000 colorful panels that make up the quilt honors the life of a person lost to AIDS. The idea of the quilt was conceived in 1985 by longtime San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones. The first panel was created a little over a year later. The quilt was first displayed in 1987 and the last display of the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt was in October 1996, when the quilt covered the entire National Mall in Washington, D.C.

A “memorial, a tool for education and a work of art, the quilt is a unique creation, an uncommon and uplifting response to the tragic loss of human life,” according to The NAMES Project Foundation.

For more information, contact Cecelia Warner at warnerwarner@icloud.com.


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