In November, the exhibit Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois opened at Spurlock Museum, featuring quilt panels honoring the lives of men from the C-U area who died from AIDS-related illness at the height of the AIDS crisis.
On June 11th, at 1:30 p.m., Spurlock will be hosting a special presentation, AIDS in East Central Illinois: The Response and Those Lost.
Speakers including Jerry Carden, co-founder of GCAP; Mike Benner, current Executive Director of GCAP; and Julie Pryde, Public Health Administrator, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. They will share some history from the local LGBTQ+ community, the first local responses to the AIDS pandemic, the mobilization of public health, and the current local challenges with HIV/AIDS. There will also be a screening of some oral histories with people at the front line of the crisis, produced by Illinois Public Media.
Top photo: ©Artist unknown. In memory of John Morgan. Property of GCAP, Urbana, IL. Photo by Julie McClure with permission from Spurlock Museum.