Charleston, WV
United States
Washington Street East/ Sidney Avenue The Living AIDS Memorial Garden since 1 December 1998
The Living AIDS Memorial Garden, Inc. was organized in April 1998. The organization is a membership organization, our mission is to establish and maintain a garden in memory of those who have died of AIDS, to provide a place of reflection for those who are living with AIDS and for those who are survivors.
The Garden is located in Charleston’s East End at the corner of Washington Street East and Sidney Avenue, a block or so from the Capitol. The Garden is a unique volunteer project that has been a cooperative effort among our organization, the State, the City of Charleston, and the East End community. The City leases the land from the State and helps our organization maintain the property by providing liability insurance and other services. We have established the maintenance fund with the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
The West Virginia Legislature has been instrumental in the construction of the Garden. Grants were allocated to help install the Walkway and the irrigation system. In 2008, the Legislature gave the Garden a grant to improve the property directly in the back of the Garden into a green parking space for the Garden. The City donated the labor and the space was built in October.
The Garden was founded by L. Bruce Severino, Carl B. Maxwell and Jeffrey Brooks Huff. The Horticultural Consultants are Tim Cook and John Long.
Based on the support we have received we feel that the Garden is a worthwhile project which has broad social appeal. AIDS is not just an illness. It is a powerful force that has torn the fabric of our society--and forever changed it.
In March 2022, a Red Riddon sculpture has been added to the Garden.

The Living AIDS Memorial Garden, Inc.