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​The AIDS Quilt

A powerful reminder

​What began with a small group of San Franciscans in a storefront evolved into a lasting symbol of the AIDS epidemic that enveloped America in the 1980s. Founded by gay rights activist Cleve Jones in 1987, the NAMES Project Foundation sought to memorialize those who had lost their lives to the deadly disease by creating a massive quilt.Individuals from across America submitted panels for those they had lost, and on October 11, 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was laid out across the National Mall and visited by more than half a million people that weekend. The Quilt continued to grow, and was fully displayed on the America’s front yard four more times in the next decade.

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