Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States, on Wednesday viewed sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at The National Museum in Washington, D.C.

Biden toured the display with Julie Rhoad, president and CEO of The NAMES Project Foundation.

What started in San Francisco in 1987 by AIDS activist Cleve Jones has grown into the largest piece of community folk art in the world, won an Oscar and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. With more than 47,000 panels, it weighs in at an estimated 54 tons. The quilt now includes the names of more than 94,000 individuals who have died of AIDS.

Sections of the quilt are being shown throughout the capital during the International AIDS Conference.

In a White House blog post, Biden said she was “moved by what I saw.”

“Every piece of the AIDS Memorial Quilt tells a poignant story – and is a powerful reminder of the many lives lost to this epidemic,” she wrote.

“The quilt is a powerful reminder of how far we have come. As President Obama said on World AIDS Day, we will win this fight.”