The quilt weighs 54 tons consisting of 48,000 panels dedicated to more than 94,000 individuals. Each year, The NAMES Project—official custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt—unfolds sections of the quilt at thousands of places across the nation. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a symbol of the AIDS pandemic, an HIV prevention education tool and the largest ongoing piece of community folk art in the world.
The quilt started with a small group who gathered in June, 1987 in San Francisco to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS. The majority of the of the 3’x6’ panels commemorate the life of a friend, partner or family member lost to AIDS.
By October 11, 1987, the quilt already consisted of 1,920 panels and covered a space larger than a football field during its first public display on the National Mall in Washington, DC during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Since then, over 14 million people have visited the quilt at thousands of displays worldwide, raising over $3 million for AIDS service organizations throughout North America.
In addition to viewing a section of the quilt, there will be free, confidential HIV/AIDS testing in the College of Coastal Georgia Campus Center Lobby on Thursday, October 16 from 10am to 2pm. This service is provided by the Georgia Coastal Health District and requires no needles and provides results in 20 minutes.
Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 – 10am-7pm, Campus Center Lobby
Thursday, October 16, 10am – Campus Center Lobby
Friday, October 17, 3:30pm – Campus Center Lobby