The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and its resident Congregation of Saint Saviour will honor those who died during the AIDS epidemic with a display of three panels of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and a reception on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.
The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, first conceived in 1985 by activist Cleve Jones, is one of the country’s most profound symbols of the devastation caused by AIDS. The quilt incorporates more than 48,000 panels, each honoring an individual who died of the disease.
The Cathedral was one of the first houses of worship in New York City to respond to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, and is the home of the National AIDS Memorial Book of Remembrance. The display of three panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt is the most recent example of the Cathedral’s dedication to individuals living with HIV and support of the fight against stigma and miseducation about the disease. On May 20, members of the Cathedral’s Congregation of Saint Saviour will join thousands of fellow New Yorkers to cheer on the marchers in this year’s AIDS Walk NYC for the culminating event of the past week’s quilt display.
The quilt panels will be on display at the Cathedral from May 13 through May 20. For more information, visit http://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/events/art/19569/aids-memorial-quilt-reception.