AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel

This panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt honors activist Roger Lyon, who died of AIDS in 1984. Shortly before his death, Lyon testified before Congress to appeal for funding to combat the growing epidemic.
One of the greatest challenges in the fight against AIDS was changing public attitudes toward the disease and its victims, who were predominantly homosexual men. To awaken a seemingly uncaring nation to the magnitude of the crisis, activists created the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Through its thousands of panels, each with a personal story, the quilt has served as a call for compassion, education, and action.
Currently not on view
Object Name
aids panel
quilt panel, aids
Date made
Lyon, Roger
McMullin, Gert
Physical Description
cotton (part material)
synthetic cloth (part material)
plastic (part material)
news print (part material)
overall: 90.6 cm x 180 cm x .5 cm; 35 11/16 in x 70 7/8 in x 3/16 in
overall, as folded and stored: 3 1/4 in x 23 in x 29 in; 8.255 cm x 58.42 cm x 73.66 cm
Place Made
United States: California, San Francisco
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Family & Social Life
Government, Politics, and Reform
Health & Medicine
National Treasures exhibit
Cultures & Communities
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
In Memory of Roger Lyon
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL

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