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Entire AIDS Memorial Quilt heads to Washington, D.C., to be displayed on National Mall

AIDS Memorial Quilt

It will be a full day of packing and moving tomorrow as volunteers with the NAMES Project Foundation pack up the last remaining panels of the 54-ton AIDS Memorial Quilt to be trucked to Washington, D.C., to be displayed as part of two major programs.

"For weeks and months, volunteers have been prepping, sorting and packing the more than 47,000 panels, and this week the truck loading began. The final trucks arrive at The NAMES Project Foundation offices on 14th Street between 11 a.m. and noon on Thursday, will be loaded by the Quilt’s army of volunteers, and depart, headed for Washington, D.C., at approximately 3 p.m.," states a press release from the foundation.

As the keeper of the Quilt, the NAMES Project Foundation has been collecting all of the panels by asking those who have them on display at their colleges or museums or airports throughout the globe to return them to Atlanta.