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|AIDS Memorial Quilt plans return to Washington, D.C.|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00|
Those working at the Names Project Foundation, home of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, get asked the same question over and over, according to staff member Jim Marks: “When is the Quilt going back to Washington, D.C.?”
A benefit on Saturday, March 31, at Mixx will benefit “Quilt in the Capital 2012,” also coincides with the Quilt’s 25th anniversary.
The event is hosted by Ms. Patty Cakes and will include an appearance and performance by Bubba D. Licious, Marks’ alter-ego. It features a silent auction, personal quilt stories and a display of quilt panels.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed in Washington, D.C., in 1987, the year it was founded. At the time, it had fewer than 2,000 panels. The last time the Quilt was fully displayed was in 1996 when it had some 45,000 panels and covered the entire Mall in Washington, D.C.
Now the Names Foundation Project Foundation is joining efforts with POZ, an online magazine and a leader in providing HIV/AIDS information, to bring the entire Quilt to the capitol from July 21-24, according to a press release from POZ.
The Quilt will be on display in its entirety in multiple locations on and around Capitol Hill and throughout metro-D.C.
The display coincides with the XIX International AIDS Conference. The quilt now includes more than 91,000 names.
Top photo: The AIDS Memorial Quilt returns to Washington, D.C., this summer — the first display of the entire quilt since 1996. (by Dyana Bagby)
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