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"Black Friday" ArtWalk
WHERE: Downtown Charleston
WHEN: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
INFO: Visit www.charlestonartwalk.com
_____CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pieces of the national AIDS Memorial Quilt -- including some that honor West Virginians who died from the disease -- will be on display in Charleston this weekend.
Four blocks of panels of the AIDS quilt will be on display at the Good News Mountaineer Garage at 221 Hale St. during the Charleston Downtown Art Walk today.
The panels will also be featured at St. John's during its Sunday morning service and at Asbury Methodist Church on Sunday evening during the annual World AIDS Day commemoration.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt has more than 48,000 panels, most of which commemorate the life of someone who died of AIDS.
Tom Dobbs and Roger Cain, both of whom lived in Charleston and died of AIDS, are featured in the quilt panels that will be on display here.
Cain was an AIDS activist who the board of Charleston's Living AIDS Memorial Garden posthumously awarded the Red Ribbon Award. Dobbs was an ordained Episcopal priest who lived in Colorado, but came back to Charleston to be an AIDS educator and activist when he was diagnosed.
Both Cain and Dobbs were friends of Bob Rosier, a founding member of the Straight and Gay Alliance at St. John's Episcopal SAGA, which is sponsoring the memorial's visit.