Color image of a quilt panel memorializing Enrique Martinez, 1988.

Quilt panel memorializing Enrique Martinez

Quilt panel memorializing Enrique Martinez, 1988. Panel made by Dan L. The photograph is from the Minnesota Names Quilt Project Report manuscript collection held at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Color image of a quilt panel memorializing Chuck and Bryan, 1988.

Quilt panel memorializing Chuck and Bryan

Quilt panel memorializing Chuck and Bryan, 1988. Panel made by Gay Lesbian Outreach, Albert Lea. The photograph is from the Minnesota Names Quilt Project Report manuscript collection held at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Color image of a quilt panel memorializing Jeff Buzzetti, 1988.

Quilt panel memorializing Jeff Buzzetti

Quilt panel memorializing Jeff Buzzetti, 1988. Panel made by Betty and Buzz Buzzetti. The photograph is from the Minnesota Names Quilt Project Report manuscript collection held at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Color image of a quilt panel memorializing an “anonymous uncle,” 1988.

Quilt panel memorializing an “anonymous uncle”

Quilt panel memorializing an “anonymous uncle,” 1988. Panel made by Dan Becker of the Minnesota Quilt Committee. The photograph is from the Minnesota Names Quilt Project Report manuscript collection held at the Minnesota Historical Society.

NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Minneapolis

Begun in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco in 1987, the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt grew into a nationwide community art project memorializing those who had been killed by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Lovers, families, and friends of people who had died sewed quilt panels; others created them for individuals they had never met. In 1988, the quilt embarked on a national twenty-city tour and arrived at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis on July 16.

Black and white photograph of Governor Al Quie, legislators (including Allan Spear, third from left), and constituents with disabilities, ca. 1980.

Governor Al Quie, legislators, and constituents with disabilities

Governor Al Quie, legislators (including Allan Spear, third from left), and constituents with disabilities, ca. 1980.

Nick Metcalf (Čhetáŋzi), with adopted son, Sonny (Hokšíčala Čhaŋté Ma Yuhá), on the cover of Gay Parent magazine, November/December 2002.

Nicholas and Sonny Metcalf

Nicholas Metcalf (Čhetáŋzi; Yellow Hawk) holding Sonny (Hokšíčala Čhaŋté Ma Yuhá; Child of My Heart) on the cover of Gay Parent magazine, November/December 2002.

Poster produced by Minnesota Men of Color, ca. 2000. Design by Benjamin P. Constantino; photography by Chuck Smith.

Minnesota Men of Color HIV/AIDS poster

Poster produced by Minnesota Men of Color, ca. 2000. Design by Benjamin P. Constantino; photography by Chuck Smith.

Images from a poster used by Minnesota Men of Color, ca. 2000. The organization’s founders, Nick Metcalf and Edd Lee, are pictured at the top right and bottom left. Photographs by Chuck Smith.

Minnesota Men of Color poster

Images from a poster used by Minnesota Men of Color, ca. 2000. The organization’s founders, Nick Metcalf and Edd Lee, are pictured at the top right and bottom left. Photographs by Chuck Smith.

Minnesota Men of Color

Minnesota Men of Color (MMC) was a non-profit organization that served gay and bisexual men of color, women of color, and gender-non-conforming people of color between 1998 and 2003. From its headquarters in Minneapolis, MMC reached clients that majority-white LGBT groups had overlooked, focusing specifically on those who were Native, Latinx, African American, and Asian American.

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