Thirty years ago a group of strangers gathered to remember the names and lives of their loved ones they feared history would forget – and with that seemingly simple act of love and defiance, the first panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt (The Quilt) were created and The NAMES Project founded. Today, The AIDS Memorial Quilt and its associated archive stand as singular visible testaments of the cultural and social significance of the AIDS pandemic. Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and recognized as an American Treasure by the Congress of the United States, The AIDS Memorial Quilt (The Quilt) is arguably of the nation’s most democratic monuments – created literally by the people for the people. It is both a memorial and cultural document that records the lives of over 104,000 individuals, connects the human histories of the epidemic to the scientific advancements and medical responses, and chronicles society’s triumphs, struggles, responses and attitudes toward one of the most complex human disease epidemics in history.
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