A Dream That Came True
In 1993, community members gathered at Lincoln Park to discuss the need of a public symbol to address the stigma and silence of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Through community mobilization, education, and advocacy, the AIDS monument was dedicated in 2004 – creating the needed catalyst for social change.
In 2004, over 1500 attended the unveiling of the monument and the names etched on its granite walls. Designed in the shape of Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec serpent and symbol for rebirth, The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument is composed of eight panels, six with murals by Southern California artists and two granite panels that will eventually display the names of 8,000 people lost to AIDS. Located in Lincoln Park, the 10,000 square foot monument includes a stainless steel archway.
The Wall Las Memorias Project is a community health and wellness organization dedicated to serving Latino, LGBT and other underserved populations through advocacy, education and building the next generation of leadership.