A rectangular white pinback button printed with a central pattern of yellow squares linked by red threads and a needle with the words in purple "Common Threads/ The Names Project Quilt". In June of 1987, a small group gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect and to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic; more than 44,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels -- each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS -- have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
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