AIDS 2012: Turning the Tide Together

The Names Project

This summer, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is returning to Washington, D.C. and will be on display throughout the summer as part of the AIDS 2012 Conference and the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. HRC is hosting several panels during the month of July in the Equality Center at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The public display includes panels honoring Ryan White, MTV star Pedro Zamora and HRC co-founder Steve Endean.

The quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will fill the available sections of the National Mall (from 8th to 14th Streets SW) from July 21-25. A total of 35,200 panels – 8,800 different panels per day – will be displayed on the Mall. Thousands of other panels remain on display in over 50 locations throughout the metropolitan D.C. area.

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