AIDS Quilt Stories

Through this unique storytelling initiative, we highlight– the lives lost, the survivors, the heroes. We share the stories of communities of color being released from the stigma and guilt of their status. We share the stories of hope, courage, compassion, and love.  And, we bring to light the harsh reality that four decades later, there is no cure and the rates of infection are on the rise, particularly in communities of color and in the South. The nation – and the world – still struggles with the issues of health and social justice and stigma. As we have seen with the tragic loss from Covid-19, there is much our nation can learn from the past, to shape a better tomorrow.

Latest news

AIDS Memorial Quilt Heads to New Orleans and Baton Rouge to Change the Pattern and End HIV in Black and Brown Communities

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Spotlights Louisiana’s High Rate of HIV Diagnoses

NEW ORLEANS & BATON ROUGE, La., (Feb. 3, 2023) – Louisiana has the fourth highest HIV diagnoses rates in the country, so beginning on Feb. 7, , sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt honoring Black and Brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS will travel to the state as part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayChange the Pattern, a national campaign to end HIV in Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ communities across the Southern United States.

From Feb. 7 -11, the National AIDS Memorial, Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC), and Gilead Sciences will showcase two major displays of the AIDS Quilt at two HBCU campuses -- Dillard University in New Orleans and Southern University & A&M College in Baton Rouge.  

Featured Stories

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Arthur Ashe
Bob Burley
CTP Alabama
Call My Name Montgomery
Cheryl Courtney-Evans
Corey Glover
Dr. Mark Colomb
Felicia “Flame” Elizondo
Grace House Services
Juanita Williams
Lavadious M. Walker
Mary Bowman
Michael Felton
Military Veterans
Monica & Belinda Price
Patrick Kelly
Pedro Zamora
Reggie Hightower
Reggie Williams
Rosa Parks
Sherly Lee Ralph
Stephanie Laster
The Faith Community & AIDS
Tony Sanders
Willie Shepherd