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'Square 02316 of the AIDS Quilt.'
A square from the AIDS Memorial Quilt

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Quilts Preserve Memories
Quilts are often created to remember people or events. One famous quilt is the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest quilt ever made. In 1987, a small group of people decided to make a quilt to remember their friends and loved ones who had died of AIDS. Each square represents one person. Eleven years later, more than 41,000 panels had been made. The AIDS quilt is so large that it can no longer be shown together in one piece, so parts of the quilt are displayed in schools, libraries, and public places around the world.
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