AIDS Memorial Quilt Display in Washington, DC, June 27 – July 25, 2012

June 26, 2012

The AIDS Memorial Quilt currently contains more than 47,000 panels with the names of more than 93,000 people. Laid end to end, they would stretch more than 50 miles. No one has tried to  exhibit the entire “quilt” since 1996, because it is an awesome job!

Beginning tomorrow it’s about to be done, as the 25th anniversary of its first showing begins.

The entire quilt, which  weighs 54 tons. is coming back to Washington, D.C., where it was shown between 1987 and 1996.  Pieces will be on display during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival from June 27 –  July 1st,  and again  July 4th through July 8th, 2012.

The organizers plan to display every segment from July 21 – July 25, 2012, on the National Mall and in more than 50 venues around the city, during the International AIDS Conference.

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