AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in College's library

Dec. 2, 2002

Five 12 foot-by-12 foot panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in the Lamar Memorial Library of Thaw Hall between Dec. 2 and Dec. 6.

According to the AIDS quilt website (, the project “ … is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for prevention education and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Each of the more than 44,000 colorful panels in the quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS. As the epidemic claims more lives, the quilt continues to reach more communities with its messages of remembrance, awareness and hope.”

The MC display is coordinated through the East Tennessee Chapter of the Names Project, which shares the AIDS Memorial Quilt with people of all ages to provide HIV/AIDS prevention education.

Sisters in Spirit, the Maryville College Wellness Council and the Campus League of Students for Equal Treatment (C.L.O.S.E.T.), an organization awaiting official approval by the College, joined together to bring pieces of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to campus.

“I hope the display promotes thought, education and awareness of the AIDS epidemic and the struggles and deaths that it has caused,” said Tony Murchison, a senior and representative of the C.L.O.S.E.T. student group. “I also hope that it decreases ignorance to the disease that may still exist within the community, such as the idea that AIDS is a ‘gay disease.’”

World AIDS Day was observed annually on Dec. 1. Other AIDS-awareness activities on the Maryville College campus include a campus worship service on Dec. 3 that focuses on the pandemic of AIDS, and a Dec. 3 evening ceremony where luminaries will be lit in honor and memory of AIDS sufferers.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.