AIDS Quilt Panels Featured at Pacific University

View the quilts at the Pacific University Library in Forest Grove, sign the guestbook and pick up a red ribbon to commemorate those lost to AIDS.

Pacific University is hosting a display of the AIDS Quilt in the library on the Forest Grove campus Nov. 4-Dec. 3. A quilt will also be on display in Creighton Hall (HPC 1) on the Hillsboro campus. The AIDS Quilt began in 1987 as a memorial to those who died of AIDS. The AIDS Quilt has grown to a 54-ton tapestry that includes more than 48,000 panels dedicated to more than 88,000 individuals. It is the largest piece of community art in the world.

While it illustrates the number of people lost to the epidemic, it also helps families and communities heal from their losses. Additionally, it confronts the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, opens a dialogue about the epidemic, promotes education, and motivates individuals to take direct action to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The Pacific University display will feature five blocks. Each block contains eight panels, and each panel features the name of a loved one who has died of AIDS.

Presentation of the AIDS Quilt on the Pacific University campus is sponsored by the Pacific University Center for Gender Equity and partially funded by an Elise Elliott grant.

The Pacific University library (Forest Grove campus) is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-midnight.

The HPC library is open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

To find out more about the AIDS Quilt, visit

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