All Hands on Deck for the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall

All 54 tons of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the National Mall and other DC locations later this month.

All 54 tons of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the National Mall and other DC locations later this month. Photo © Pattie Yu.

Measuring in at 54 tons, The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed on the National Mall and in more than 50 other locations throughout Washington, D.C., later this month to accommodate all 48,000 panels for the public to see. The NAMES Project Foundation is calling for volunteers to help prepare the Mall grounds and quilt panels for opening day in the Capital. Volunteers are needed especially on July 20 for two shifts: 9 am to 1 pm with lunch provided, and 1 to 6 p.m. with refreshments provided on that day. Volunteers are also needed during the event on July 24. To sign up, please visit: http://quilt2012.org/volunteermain.

An astonishing 35,200 panels—8,800 different panels per day—will be on display from 8th to 14th Streets alone, July 21-25, 2012. There will also be displays at a number of area locations from airports to universities. Visit www.quilt2012.org for details and locations.

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Perry Wheeler is media relations manager at NPCA

  • Lee

    I saw the quilt when it was first displayed on the Mall in 1987 and it was so moving then. I am so glad they are bringing it back for a new generation to experience. Thanks for sharing the news with us!