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40 YEARS OF AIDS

On June 5, 2021, we honored the more than 700,000 U.S. lives lost to AIDS, the survivors and the heroes during the past four decades.  Watch a moving ceremony that brought together leaders from the AIDS movement, the power of the AIDS Quilt and the beauty of the Memorial Grove, together.

JUNE 5TH - AIDS 40 YEARS LATER - WATCH THE CEREMONY HERE

RACISM, BIGOTRY AND AIDS ACTIVISM

Our nation has been on a long journey toward justice and equality. We have a long road ahead. There are deep wounds to heal. As we also mark 100 years since the Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre, we honor the lives senselessly lost with hope in our hearts and the power to advocate for change, justice and an end to institutional racism.

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VISIT OUR MOVING 50-STATE EXHIBITION

Experience the Quilt like never before through our first-ever virtual exhibition featuring Quilt panels from all 50 states. The exhibition features digital images and personal stories from thousands of hand-sewn Quilt panels. See our newest displays that honor Black Lives and Native Lives lost to AIDS.

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“Creating an AIDS-free generation is a shared responsibility. It requires commitment from partner countries, coupled with support from donors, civil society, people living with HIV, faith-based organizations, the private sector, foundations, and multilateral institutions. We stand at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and working together, we can realize our historic opportunity to bring that fight to an end.”

- President Barack Obama




In the 40 years since the pandemic began more than 700,000 people have died from AIDS-related illnesses in the United States alone.

“It was gentle rain, no speeches or music, just thousands of people reading these names on this patchwork of placards up on that wall. And I thought to myself, It looks like some kind of quilt,’ and when I said the word "quilt" I thought of my great-grandma...  it was such a warm and comforting and middle-American traditional-family-values sort of symbol, and I thought, ‘This is the symbol we should take.’”

- Cleve Jones, NPR interview 2016



Black/African American
and Hispanics/Latinos account for the
largest increases in new HIV diagnoses, 42% and 27% respectively.

“… may we find strength and comfort in our communities, and in our shared desire to bring hope and healing to the millions of men, women and children around the world living with HIV/AIDS.  This disease is resilient and resourceful, ever mutating to escape destruction.  We must be equally resourceful in our efforts to combat HIV/AIDS as we work to finally achieve an AIDS-free generation.”

- Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, World AIDS Day 2019

REMEMBERING A LOVED ONE

Honor a life by memorializing them within the beauty of the memorial in perpetuity - learn more

NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE

The nation’s sole memorial to AIDS dedicated to healing, hope and remembrance - learn more

AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT

The largest ongoing community folk art project in the world - learn more

BLACK LIVES AND AIDS ACTIVISM

Inspiring Voices in the LGBTQ Movement - read our perspective

PEDRO ZAMORA YOUNG LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP

Supporting the Next Generation of leaders who carry Pedro’s torch - learn more

ARTS IN ACTIVISM AWARD

Inspiring “Artivism” to Combat Stigma - learn more

AIDS STORY PROJECT VOICES

Capturing the Oral History of the epidemic - see the stories

NEWS & EVENTS

The Memorial in the community and in the media - see details

OUR PARTNERS

Here are profiles highlighting our partners - see profiles





Order a Personalized Framed and Matted Photo Gift Today!

Cherish a photo of your loved one’s Quilt panel or engraved name in the Grove. Order today and help support the programs of the National AIDS Memorial.
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