Associated Press - February 13, 2012
San Francisco, CA (AP) - The AIDS Memorial Quilt is back in its
hometown for its largest San Francisco exhibition since the
project moved across the country more than a decade ago.
Local organizers began showing 40 sections of the massive quilt
Sunday, and plan to hold free exhibitions around the city until
The quilt was conceived by gay rights activist Cleve Jones. It
has grown from 1,900 panels, each representing an AIDS victim, in
1987 to more than 44,000 panels today. It's managed by the Names
Project Foundation, which moved its headquarters from San
Francisco to Atlanta in 1999.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/ArHLmJ) that
dozens gathered Sunday to see the quilt sections at the AIDS
nonprofit in the Castro district. Some visitors cried as they
listened to each name being read aloud.