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Pieces of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at MU this week

Pieces of The AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display in Columbia for less than a week in conjunction with World AIDS Day.
Friday, November 30, 2012 | 6:10 p.m. CST; updated 7:56 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 1, 2012
MU freshman Lizzie Nussbaum looks at one of the panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt display Friday in McQuinn Atrium in the Bond Life Sciences Center. The panel commemorates people in Missouri who died of AIDS.

COLUMBIA — Danny Carl Perry’s patch in the AIDS quilt depicts his life as a physician. 

Michael Schmidt's patch showed his love for music and includes a message from his mother: “Miss you my son.” 

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Ted Warmbold's patch is covered with the names of the newspapers where he worked as a reporter and editor. The St. Louis native and graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism died of AIDS in 1989.

These three patches are sewn into 50-foot sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is on display at the Bond Life Sciences Center through Wednesday.

The quilt has been pieced together to remember 94,000 people who have died of  AIDS and AIDS-related causes. The entire quilt, a perpetual work in progress, has 6,000 separate panels and weighs over 54 tons.

Four of the 6,000 panels are on display in the Bond Life Sciences Center this week.

Started in 1987, the quilt is designed as a permanent, ongoing tribute. The Names Project Foundation in San Francisco, custodian of the quilt, arranges its distribution around the country in pieces, depending on the purpose of an exhibit.

Between September and the end of the year, sections of quilt will be sent to more than 100 universities, churches, health centers, coffee shops, corporations, libraries and AIDS awareness groups.

In the MU display, one of the four panels is comprised exclusively of people connected to Missouri. Each patch recalls the life of its namesake and includes small, endearing details such as paw prints of pets, a Star of David and a piano, as well as photographs and handwritten messages.

The MU display is being held in conjunction with World AIDS Day on Saturday. It is available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The building is closed on Sunday.

On Monday, a remembrance service at 6 p.m. in the McQuinn Atrium of the Bond Life Sciences Center. A reception and HIV research presentation will follow.

“Having the quilt is something that we feel helps brings home the peril of the disease," said Karla Carter, the executive staff assistant at the center.

"It's very dramatic and very moving.”


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