AIDS Quilt


AIDS Quilt


Started in San Francisco by Cleve Jones, the NAMES Project offered a collective expression of grief. Its Memorial Quilt, seen here in 1987 in Washington, D.C., is composed of handmade panels dedicated to those who have died of AIDS.

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AIDS quilt on the National Mall, 1987
NAMES Project photograph

AIDS Quilt memorial panel
Since 1987, through the Names Project, over 48,000 individual panels have been created that memorialize the lives of more than 94,000 people who have died of AIDS. Each person has a quilt panel sewn by loved ones, such as this 1987 one for AIDS…
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