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Philadelphia to Honor Those It Lost to AIDS, But Not With a Statue

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Remembrance — an alternative memorial to Philadelphians and the HIV/AIDS crisis made possible through funding by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

While many HIV/AIDS memorials across the country are largely physical in structure, Remembrance is a memorial experience with civic and theatrical performances, oral histories, designed in partnership with local artists, activists, and community leaders.In May, three-time Obie award-winning writer and director Ain Gordon will stage the world premiere of a new play titled, These Don’t Easily Scatter.

Gordon’s play is inspired by Remembrance’s oral history project undertaken to chronicle the stories of Philadelphia-area community members who have passed unnoticed, with or without the love and support of families throughout the HIV/AIDS crisis.

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