World AIDS Day 2020 and the virtual AIDS Memorial Quilt

Image of virtual quilt panel

One of the virtual quilt panels hosted by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and the Emory Center for AIDS Research on the National AIDS Memorial quilt webpage.

World AIDS Day 2020 is Tuesday, Dec. 1, marking its 32nd year of observance. The theme for 2020 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact” (“Erradicar la epidemia del VIH/SIDA: Resiliencia e Impacto”). In collaboration with the NAMES Project, Quilt on the Quad Emory organized one the largest collegiate displays of AIDS memorial quilt panels in previous years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not appear that Emory will be displaying the quilt on campus this year, but there are still ways to participate in observing the quilt safely through social distancing.

The National AIDS Memorial, in partnership with AIDS Quilt touch, has digitized all 48,000 panels of the memorial quilt for a virtual display that is available to users via their website. There, you will be able to browse through each panel from the comfort of your home. In addition, the National AIDS Memorial has made it even easier for the user to view the virtual exhibition by state. For example, by clicking on the link to Georgia, you are automatically routed to all partnerships hosting their quilts on display.

If you are interested in creating a panel, please follow this link for further information.

If you want to see the AIDS Quilt in person, physical panels are currently on display in the Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta exhibit at the Atlanta History Center until Dec. 31, 2020.

By Dhy Edwardsberry, business librarian, Goizueta Business Library