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The NAMES Project originated in San Francisco in 1987. Its purpose is to use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to help bring AIDS to an end. The quilt commemorates those who have died of AIDS, raises awareness of the disease, and raises funds for those who are living with HIV and AIDS. The quilt, which now covers an area larger than 12 football fields, has been displayed in over 1,000 different venues around the country, including the national Mall in Washington, D.C.