National AIDS Memorial launches virtual quilt exhibition honoring Black lives lost to AIDS

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Monday, February 8, 2021
National AIDS Memorial launches virtual quilt exhibition
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On Sunday, The National AIDS Memorial launched a virtual quilt exhibition honoring Black Americans who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.

SAN FRANCISCO -- A virtual art exhibition debuting Sunday, on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, is building public understanding of the virus's impact on Black Americans.

The National AIDS Memorial has curated dozens of blocks from the Memorial Quilt that tell the stories of Black Americans whose lives were affected by HIV and AIDS.

"This virtual exhibition shares stories of hope, healing and remembrance to honor Black lives lost to AIDS," said a Saturday statement from John Cunningham, Executive Director of the National AIDS Memorial. "Our hope is that it helps raise greater awareness about the ongoing struggle with HIV and the impact systemic barriers have to positive health outcomes, particularly among the Black community."

"They're going to see children, men, women, some famous people," says National AIDS Memorial board member Lonnie Payne. "Some activists who have done things even though they were living with HIV/AIDS to move our dialogue further along to say how insidious HIV and AIDS has been to the Black community."

The exhibition is online through March.