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50 years in 50 weeks: 2019: AIDS quilt comes home

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The November 21, 2019 issue contained big news: the National AIDS Memorial Grove announced that the San Francisco-based nonprofit would become the steward of the massive AIDS Memorial Quilt, which started in San Francisco in 1987 when Cleve Jones, Mike Smith, and Gert McMullin opened a Castro storefront. (Jones had initially urged people to write the names of people who had died of AIDS on placards during a march to the federal building in 1985).

The resulting organization, the Names Project, had for many years housed the thousands of quilt panels in its new location in Atlanta.

But by 2019, the project was looking for a permanent home for the quilt as the organization was in the process of winding down operations.

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