Visit Key West AIDS Memorial

The Key West AIDS Memorial is located at White Street and Atlantic Boulevard, at the entrance to the White Street Pier. The beautiful tropical setting provides a quiet place for visitors and loved ones to express grief, experience hope, and celebrate the strength of love. The Zimbabwe granite monument includes the names of those men and women, engraved in random order, who died of AIDS. Poems by Alfred Tennyson, Kahlil GibranRachel Hadas are also set in stone.

The sky is blank but beautiful.
Nothing will ever be the same—
A cup of emptiness to fill,
Symbols shaped into a name.
-Rachel Hadas, The Bees of the Invisible

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek god unencumbered.
-Kahlil Gibran, the Prophet

I hold it true whate’re befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
-Alfred Tennyson

Words of praise for the memorial:

“A beautiful Memorial. It has a map of the keys, quotes, names and leads onto a pier… It is a quiet alternative to Malory square for sun set.” JA, Missouri

“Very well done.” JH, Georgia

“This is a very pretty part of Key West and very serene.  The AIDS Memorial is beautiful. I have a wonderful picture of part of the Memorial and a red rose someone had placed on it.   We happened upon it by accident, but I was glad we did.” JB, Florida