What is the National AIDS Memorial Grove?

The Grove is a 10-acre memorial for those impacted by AIDS. Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, it's a dedicated space for healing, hope, and remembrance. This sacred ground honors those who have fought against this ongoing pandemic.

Why is the Grove important?

Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, those impacted have felt a collective grief and sought out positive ways to express it. The Grove ensures that lives lost to AIDS are not forgotten. It stands to tell the story of AIDS to current and future generations, striving to protect their communities from the harm of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.

The Meaning of the Grove

Inspirational video about the National AIDS Memorial Grove


The idea for the National AIDS Memorial was first conceived in 1988 by a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic, but with no positive way to express their collective grief.


The National AIDS Memorial has provided an opportunity for individuals to honor a life by memorializing them within the beauty of the memorial in perpetuity.

“Thousands of people have died in San Francisco, millions in the world. The point of the National AIDS Memorial Grove is to remember them, one at a time.”

       - Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

2020 / 40 STORIES

Memories of individuals who died of AIDS, stories of survivors and caregivers and advocates, and the broader story of the AIDS epidemic


Individuals or groups may reserve the Grove for specific event use with permission


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so that never again will a community be harmed because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.