More than 30 years ago a group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to remember the names of their loved ones they feared history would forget – and with that seemingly simple act of love and defiance, the first panels of The Quilt were created. That same year those first memorials began to travel the nation and in October of 1987, they were display alongside 1,900 other Quilt panels on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – making it impossible for the world to dismiss or deny AIDS. Since then, The Quilt has been displayed in its entirety in Washington, D.C. four times – in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2012.
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