The AIDS Quilt Comes Home: The Inside Story of a Memorial Sewn to Show America 'People Were Dying'

While the panels are securely kept in a warehouse in the Bay Area — and overseen by McMullin —their stories continue to resonate worldwide. And the celebration will happen, promises John Cunningham, executive director of the National AIDS Memorial. The plans are still to “show the current state of HIV deaths and remind the nation of the ongoing and immediate toll that AIDS is taking today.”

Cunningham believes there is much to be learned from the AIDS pandemic.

“The quilt is a reminder of what we all have lost,” he says. “But also, how far we have come — and where we need to go.”

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