Jacksonville, FL
United States
Willowbranch Park Jacksonville Love Grove since 4 March 2019
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Sponsored by the AIDS Memorial Project of Northeast Florida (AMP), the Love Grove dedication ceremony included music, multi-denominational prayers, words of remembrance and the reading of 100 names of local individuals who succumbed to this disease, among them Ceriello’s partner, Tony O’Connor, in whose memory he established AMP in 2017. AMP Board Advisor Robin Hughes Patton’s brother, John, a Los Angeles actor under the name Jackson Hughes, also passed away from complications of AIDS in November 1989.
The initial three magnolia trees of 100 trees were planted on Valentines Day February. 14 and dedicated March, 4. Many of the early deaths were within blocks of Willowbranch Park and most within a few square miles. It was also in that park the first Jacksonville Pride parade was held 40 years ago with some 300 attendees.
The tree plantings are a joint venture between AMP, Greenscape of Jacksonville and the City of Jacksonville. Landscape architect Scott Dowman planned the placement of 100 trees, representing five different species, in the park.

AIDS Memorial Project Northeast Florida