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Fri Nov 22, 2019, 10:06 AM

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will head home to San Francisco, 32 years later

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will head home to San Francisco, 32 years later

By Lauren M. Johnson, CNN

Updated 3:09 PM ET, Thu November 21, 2019

(CNN) -- The AIDS Memorial Quilt is getting a new home and returning to the place where it was created.

The famed quilt is moving from Atlanta back to San Francisco, where it will take up permanent residence.

Members of the NAMES Project Foundation announced the news on Wednesday along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California).

As part of the transition, the project said it has agreed to jointly gift care and stewardship of the quilt's archives to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, making this collection available through the world's largest public library.

"The National AIDS Memorial and The Quilt, through their very existence, have had a tremendous impact in telling the story of the AIDS crisis and the AIDS movement, a story of social justice," said John Cunningham, executive director of the National AIDS Memorial.
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The AIDS Quilt to return to San Francisco
Tony Bravo November 21, 2019 Updated: November 21, 2019, 7:01 pm



Three panels honoring Alaskans Rocker Burk (clockwise from left), J.R. Lamar and Timothy Ames adorn squares of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Photo: Eric Engman, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The AIDS Quilt is coming home to the Bay Area.

The 50,000 panels will travel across the country to San Francisco’s National AIDS Memorial Grove starting in December, where it will be permanently housed, according to an agreement announced Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Under the new deal, the Names Project Foundation, which has served as the quilt’s longtime caretaker, has gifted the quilt’s extensive archives to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. This includes some 200,000 letters, photographs and other biographical records, which will eventually be made available to researchers and the public.

The quilt weighs over 52 tons and will require the use of at least seven tractor-trailers to move it from its current location in Atlanta. The process will be completed in the early months of 2020, said John Cunningham, executive director of the National AIDS Memorial.

The quilt and the Names Project have been based in Atlanta for the past 18 years after relocating from their original home in San Francisco. Cunningham said the quilt will be stored in a warehouse space near the Oakland International Airport until it can be stored and partially displayed in the planned Interpretative Center for Social Conscience, which will be built near the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. The project is still in the exploratory and feasibility stages, but Cunningham said they hope to break ground within the next five years. Cunningham calls the quilt and the interpretive center “both a prevention tool as well as a social justice teaching tool.”

Once the transition of stewardship is complete, the Names Project will cease operations.
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Tony Bravo is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: tbravo@sfchronicle.com

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 10:10 AM

1. K&R. So many were lost:

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Fri Nov 22, 2019, 10:13 AM

2. More:

There is an unavoidably heavy feeling when you stand quietly in the 4,500-square foot warehouse in Tucker where the AIDS Memorial Quilt is stored. All around are remembrances of lives lost, sewn into folded sections of the quilt stacked on shelves that reach a dozen or more feet high, along aisles that stretch some 75 feet toward a rear loading dock.

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The quilt is comprised of some 50,000 panels – 3-foot-by-6 foot – the dimensions of a grave. They are sewn into “blocks” measuring 12-foot-by-12-foot, usually of eight panels each. The panels bear the names of more than 105,000 people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Altogether, the quilt weighs 55 tons and if spread out completely, would span more than 1.3 million square feet.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 10:45 AM

3. The Names Project will cease operations? Why?

I don't get it. There are still people dying from this disease.

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