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40,000 Panels at AIDS Quilt Display

September 15, 1996

The largest display ever of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, involving 40,000 panels containing 70,000 names, will occur Oct. 11 to 13 on the National Mall in Washington between the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

The quilt, which had 20,000 panels during its last full public display in 1992 in Washington, is organized by the NAMES Project Foundation in San Francisco. The 3-by-6-foot panels are created by volunteers to memorialize people who have died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The display in October is expected to cover 26 acres, threaded by 23 miles of walkways.

About 25 events are scheduled in connection with the display, according to Greg Lugliani, director of communications for the NAMES Project. They include the National AIDS Candlelight March on Oct. 12 and special exhibits at the Smithsonian Institute and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

The quilt will be unrolled anew each of the three days and displayed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the site can add panels for immediate display; they will be permanently sewn into the quilt later. Information: (415) 882-5500.

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