Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

In June 1987, a small group of organizers got together to create a memorial for those who had died of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This initial meeting served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Contributing panels came from all fifty states and dozens of countries. Many notable individuals have panels, including tennis player Arthur Ashe, choreographer Michael Bennett, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, dancer Rudolph Nureyev, and Freddie “Mercury” Bulsara of the rock band Queen. In the 1990s, the campus began displaying the quilt panels in the now demolished Student Center. After that, the displays moved to the new Fullerton College Library. This shot was taken in 2009. In 1993, the AIDS crisis hit home when Fullerton College instructor Harry Hampton (1940-1989) was honored with a quilt panel. Various faculty members signed the panel and wrote brief messages. In conjunction with the Orange County AIDS Outreach Program, the Health Center began offering free HIV testing on campus. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
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