Unveiling of the AIDS Memorial Quilt

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the impact of the AIDS epidemic. More than 48 000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels—most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS—have been sewn together by friends, partners and family members.

This summer all 48 000 panels will be available for viewing in the month of July across different venues in Washington DC.

As part of this effort 4 800 Quilt panels will be featured in more than 50 venues throughout the capital region during the International AIDS Conference which is taking place in Washington DC from 21 to 25 July.

The Executive Director of UNAIDS will attend the unveiling of the section of the quilt to be displayed on the National Mall on the morning of Saturday 21 July.  

For details on specific locations and events related to the Quilt displays, go to Quilt2012.org

Facts about the Quilt

  • Funds Raised by the Quilt for direct services for people living with HIV: over US$ 4 million
  • Number of visitors to the Quilt: +18 million
  • Number of names on the Quilt: more than 94 000
  • Size: 1.3 million square feet (or 50 miles long), weighs 54 tons
  • Viewing time: To see the entire Quilt spending only one minute per panel – over 33 days