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AIDS Quilt Comes to Wilmington

November 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

The Frank Harr Foundation is honored to be bringing The AIDS Memorial Quilt to Wilmington November 30th through December 15th. During this two-week event, some 30 plus panels of The Quilt will be displayed at select venues in our community with speakers, educational workshops, and social gatherings hosted to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends, partners and spouses served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members. The Quilt has redefined the tradition of quilt-making in response to contemporary circumstances. A memorial, a tool for education and a work of art, the Quilt is a unique creation, an uncommon and uplifting response to the tragic loss of human life.

Here are the days and times where docents will be available to the public for viewings:

Thursday – December 5th from 5 to 8 pm
Saturday – December 7th from 10 to 4 pm
Sunday – December 8th from 1 to 4 pm

Cameron Art Museum
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Temple of Israel Reibman Center
St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Stephen A.M.E. Church
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington

Panels will also be on display at the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Arts Center. Docents will be available for questions and information on Saturday, December 7th from 10 to Noon.

-11/30 Kickoff Event – Cameron Art Museum from 7-10pm: Should you like to attend the kickoff event at the Cameron Art Museum, you may purchase tickets here for just $35.00.

-12/1 Red Ribbon Event on World AIDS Day from 3-6pm: SEEDS of Healing (SOH) will host the 2nd Annual Red Ribbon Event on December 1st at the Cameron Art Museum. Buy tickets here:

-12/3 Screening of “The Last One” at Thalian Hall+Panel Discussion from 4-6pm:
**Please note the updated time!

-12/5 AIDS Quilt Public Tour Day 1 from 5-8pm

-12/7 AIDS Quilt Public Tour Day 2 from 10a-4pm [Hannah Block open ONLY from 10a-12pm on this day]

-12/8 AIDS Quilt Public Tour Day 3 from 1-4pm

-12/11 Drum Circle at St. Stephen’s AME Church from 7-9pm. More information to follow.

-12/13 Mouths of Babes Theatre Company presents A Remarkable Fraternity: A Play About the HIV/AIDS Crisis, Past and Present. The play will be followed by a panel discussion, and it will be held at St. Jude’s MCC Church from 7-9pm. More information to follow.

-Panel Making Workshops: The Frank Harr Foundation is offering a free panel making workshop series to assist friends and family realize their desire to memorialize a loved one. These workshops will be held at Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Dates beginning on December 1st, 9th, and 16th + January 6th and 13th from 6:15-9pm. Additional dates at Hannah Block are December 14th and 21st + January 4th, 11th, and 18th from 1:15-4:15pm. Check out the event on our website:
Pre-register (not required!) if you’d like:

There are many ways you can show your support today to help us with the costs and logistics of bringing The Quilt to Wilmington:

Volunteer Opportunities: To find out more about volunteer opportunities including Docent and Installers Training as well as how you can help out in our Panel Making Workshops, please reach out to us via our Contact Form or by emailing us at

Sponsorship: If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please email us about the different sponsorship levels available:

Donation: If you’d like to make a donation, please click on the link below and note you’d like your donation to go toward AIDS Awareness Project…Bringing the Quilt to Wilmington in the notes section at checkout. Remember, the Frank Harr Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and your support is tax deductible. We appreciate your support!


November 30, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Frank Harr Foundation


The Frank Harr Foundation
1624 Princess Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401 + Google Map