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Monday, August 20, 2012 Airs at 7: 59 AM, 12:29 and 4:59 PM
“The AIDS Memorial Quilt"
Reader: Pat Fishback
The AIDS Memorial Quilt remains the largest community art project in the world. The idea was conceived in 1985 by San Francisco activist Cleve Jones, and with the help of Mike Smith, the Names Project Foundation was created two years later.
Today the Quilt remains a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 49,000 individual 3 by 6-foot memorial panels have been created by friends, lovers and family members – all memorializing the life of someone who died of AIDS.
The first display of the Quilt took place October 11, 1987 on the National Mall in Washington D. C., during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. At the time, the quilt included 1,960 panels. The display in 1996 covered the entire National Mall.
The 2012 Quilt display, tomorrow.
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