Chase Brexton Wall of Courage

Family members and friends of Baltimoreans who lost their fight against HIV/AIDS look at the new Wall of Courage memorializing them at Chase Brexton's new offices. (Photo by Colby Ware / September 12, 2013)

In the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, when diagnoses were far more likely to kill than they are today, those in Baltimore who lost their fight with the dreaded disease were memorialized with small tiles mounted in the lobby of Chase Brexton Health Care in Mount Vernon.

On Thursday, as Chase Brexton prepares to move to its new offices in the historic Monumental Life Building, about 75 family members and friends of those memorialized in the "Wall of Courage" took a candlelight march to mark the transfer of the memorial.

“We are honoring our past and those heroes who came before us who had the vision of open, accepting healthcare for underserved communities," said Chase Brexton Health Care CEO Richard Larison, according to a statement. "We believe that they would celebrate the evolution of Chase Brexton Health Care, and we recognize that we continue to walk in their footsteps.”