About

In 1981, the issues of HIV/AIDS was initially recognized when a kid by the name of Robert Rayford from Missouri was diagnosed as having the virus. It was then recognized by many across the world after it started to spread rapidly among the gay men community of New York and L.A. The founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt came up with the idea while attending a candlelight memorial for San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1985. On October 11, 1987, in order to get the disease responded to by the government, the quilt was brought to the National Mall in Washington D.C. during a national march for lesbian and gay rights. The quilt contains the panels of many people who have fallen victim to HIV/AIDS, each panel being the average size of a coffin. The massive quilt, weighing 54 tons and containing more than 49,000 panels (5,956 blocks), is separated among many facilities across the US. The headquarters is located in Atlanta, which is currently the AIDS capital of the world as of 2015.