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AIDS quilts on display at Beverly Hills church

AIDS quilts on display at Beverly Hills church

November 30, 2008 @ 06:37 PM

HUNTINGTON — Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church is once again spotlighting the world AIDS epidemic by hanging memorial AIDS quilts in its sanctuary this week.

“Some people in our church have been concerned that (AIDS) is an issue the church has overlooked,” said church member Carter Seaton. “(But) we had a lot of people who were not sure if this was something we should do, but they were moved by it (last year).”

While Beverly Hills Presbyterian is displaying the quilts for just the second year in a row, the six quilts are much older. All list AIDS victims from West Virginia, but years of death range from 1992 to 2004. The NAMES Project started in 1987, with the large quilt displayed for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Seaton said the quilts are housed in Atlanta, but shared with organizations around the country, especially this week.

Monday is World AIDS Day, and the church will keep the quilts on display throughout the week. Community members can visit the church and see the quilts from 9 a.m. to noon through Friday. The Rev. Cinda Harkless also will lead a service of healing and wholeness at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.

During Sunday’s service, Harkless emphasized AIDS awareness and celebrated the lives of those who have died, along with those who are still struggling with the disease. An open house was held after the service.

According to the AIDS Memorial Quilt Web site, this is the only West Virginia display of a portion of the quilt at this time. There are more than 44,000 individual 3 foot by 6 foot panels, most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS and sewn together by friends and family members.

Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 469 Norway Ave., Huntington. For more information, call Seaton at 304-523-7902.

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