Indiana AIDS Memorial
The Indiana AIDS Memorial at Crown Hill Cemetery is a permanent memorial dedicated in October 2000 to the thousands of lives lost to the AIDS epidemic. Situated in a beautiful wooded area in the older part of the cemetery, in the northeast corner of section 90 of Crown Hill Cemetery, the memorial is surrounded by historic headstones and other artifacts that date back to the late 1800’s. It is a beautiful setting for reflection and remembrance as well as a visual reminder of the impact of the AIDS epidemic.
A series of limestone tablets, each inscribed with the names of people who have died from AIDS, form a semicircle around the memorial. There is a separate tablet for Friends, Family and Those Who Care, for individuals, corporations, and supporters to express their commitment to the fight against HIV. The Indiana AIDS Memorial was re-dedicated on Friday, December 1, 2017 following the completion of $75,000 worth of work to improve access, landscaping, and the overall look of the Memorial. Speakers at the re-dedication included: Indianapolis Mayor Joseph Hogsett; and Keith Norwalk, President of Crown Hill Cemetery.
The cost to have a name inscribed on a tablet is $100 for individuals. Fifty percent of the cost of the inscription is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
To purchase an inscription, download and complete the order form here which can then be mailed to the Health Foundation office. Or, complete this Online Form. You also may contact The Health Foundation at (317) 630-1805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition of the recent renovation work at the Indiana AIDS Memorial, The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis is offering a grant to help support the inscription of up to 30 Loved Ones’ names on to the Indiana AIDS Memorial for families and friends of those who have passed due to complication of HIV and cannot afford the $100.00 cost. The grant funding is on a first come, first serve basis and can be accessed by competing this FORM. The deadline to apply for inscription assistance is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis is honored to be the host organization for The NAMES Project Indiana, more commonly known as the AIDS Quilt.
In June 1987, after losing many friends to AIDS, Cleve Jones created The NAMES Project. The idea of a quilt, offering warmth and comfort, with the names of the many people who have struggled with AIDS was combined into a powerful piece of artwork. As the size of the Quilt has grown (over 46,000 individual panels) so has the Quilt’s impact. It continues to be a powerful memorial, as well as an impressive tool for prevention education. Portions of the Quilt are displayed in churches, schools, government centers, and various events worldwide.
For more information regarding obtaining panels of the Quilt for a display, please contact us at (317) 630-1805, or Click Here for a Quilt request form.