Threads of Remembrance : National Tour 1988

Dallas was the seventh stop on the 1988 tour of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the display of nearly 200 blocks was held at the Centennial Building at Fair Park. In planning this display, the NAMES Project Foundation reached out to the Dallas Gay Alliance, which created a volunteer group to handle arrangements for the official display, as well as arrange additional smaller displays throughout the city. In addition to wanting to view the Quilt, the people of Dallas also wanted to memorialize their loved ones by adding their names to the Quilt. The Dallas Sewing Center was opened to address this desire. Caven Enterprises donated a storefront on Cedar Springs, which housed the donated sewing machines and materials that people could utilize to create panels.