Picturing our Past

Members of the Washington University Effort for AIDS help assemble an 11,000-panel section of the Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which was displayed in the Field House Oct. 14-16, 1994. The group teamed with the NAMES project and St. Louis Effort for AIDS to bring this portion of the then-27,000-panel quilt to St. Louis and reassemble it at the University. Each 3-foot-by-6-foot panel represents a person who has died of AIDS. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed Oct. 11, 1987, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It covered a space larger than a football field and included 1,920 panels. It is now the largest ongoing community arts project in the world, including more than 44,000 colorful panels.

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