The AIDS Memorial Quilt Will Come Home to San Francisco With a New Stewardship

Thousands of quilt panels are displayed each year around the U.S.

First conceived in 1987 during the height of the AIDS crisis, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will make its way back to San Francisco where it all started. The quilt, comprised of more than 50,000 colorful panels commemorating the lives of more than 105,000 people who died of AIDS or related illnesses, has been in the care of Atlanta-based Names Project for the last 18 years.

According to NPR, “In an announcement Wednesday at the Library of Congress, Julie Rhoad, president and CEO of the Names Project, said that stewardship of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Names Project programs will be transferred to the National AIDS Memorial in San Francisco.

“The Quilt will return to San Francisco to where it began more than three decades ago,” said Rhoad.

“The National AIDS Memorial is a federally designated national memorial situated on a 10-acre site in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Its organizers plan to build an “Interpretative Center for Social Conscience” where the AIDS Quilt will be housed.”

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