AIDS Memorial Quilt returns to San Francisco 

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the subject of a free exhibit that opened Sunday in the Castro. There are 312 panels of the quilt that will be shown at five locations  in the coming week. It is the largest showing of the quilt in San Francisco since the NAMES Project Foundation closed its original Market Street location in 1999 and relocated to Atlanta.

The majority of the quilt panels will be on display at the former Tower Records store at 2278 Market St. But four other locations will display one block each, including the building that originally housed the quilt, 2362 Market St.

Beth Feingold, the executive director of Under One Roof, said the show aims to remind the community that the battle against the disease is not over.

“We wanted to do something big that would draw attention back to this critical issue and combat what we’re seeing as a decreasing concern about getting infected,” Feingold said.

According to the NAMES Project Foundation, what began in San Francisco almost 25 years ago as a single 3-by-6-foot fabric panel has grown to a more than 54-ton tapestry with more than 47,000 panels remembering the names of those lost to HIV/AIDS.

The main exhibit at 2278 Market St. will be open from noon to 8 p.m. through Presidents Day.

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