The famed quilt is moving from Atlanta back to San Francisco, where it will take up permanent residence.
As part of the transition, the Project said it has agreed to jointly gift care and stewardship of the quilt’s archives to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, making this collection available through the world’s largest public library.
“The National AIDS Memorial and The Quilt, through their very existence, have had a tremendous impact in telling the story of the AIDS crisis and the AIDS movement, a story of social justice,” said John Cunningham, executive director of the National AIDS Memorial.
Gone but not forgotten
The quilt was first created in 1987 at the height of the AIDS pandemic. A group of strangers came up with the idea in order to remember the names and lives of their loved ones they feared history would forget.
“This is the culmination of decades of work that achieves a vision long held by The NAMES Project leadership who, armed with an unwavering commitment to The Quilt, were determined to see that the AIDS Memorial Quilt would stand the test of time,” said Julie Rhoad, President & CEO, The NAMES Project Foundation.
“With this set of new caretakers, we are confident that the legacy of The Quilt and The NAMES Project is secure.”
The Quilt will be on display at the National AIDS Memorial starting in 2020.