About Key West AIDS Memorial

The Key West AIDS Memorial is a tribute to the people who have died of AIDS, and have shown a love of the Florida Keys by living, working or visiting here. The names are inscribed on Zimbabwe granite and embedded in the walkway approaching White Street Pier.

The Key West AIDS Memorial is maintained by the Friends of the AIDS Memorial Inc, a local nonprofit organization that maintains the database of names and corresponding website, and underwrites the Memorial’s expenses, including the engraving of names, upkeep of the Memorial, seating, and landscaping.

Since 1998, the Friends of the AIDS Memorial have organized Key West’s annual World AIDS Day commemorative ceremony which is held on December 1st at the Key West AIDS Memorial. The ceremony begins with a community-wide candlelight march down White Street during which the annual Reading of the Names begins. Once the march reaches the Key West AIDS Memorial, the reading of the names continues with Key West dignitaries, community leaders, friends, and family members. It is a true testament to the community’s commitment to our One Human Family. Each year the new names to be added to the Memorial are recognized.

To nominate a new name for the Memorial, click here for a new name nomination form.

KW World AIDS Day Program 2011
KW World AIDS Day Program 2010
KW World AIDS Day March