Planning Begins for Stonewall National Monument

Planning has begun on the first U.S. national monument to commemorate a moment in LGBTQ history. The monument will be placed in Greenwich Village, New York City near the Stonewall Inn. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, the inn, one of the few establishments in the city to welcome LGBTQ patrons, was raided by police. Riots erupted in response to the raid and the established pattern of police harassment against the LGBTQ community. It was one of the earliest homosexual rights demonstrations in the nation and marked a turning point for the LGBTQ civil rights movement. The site was designated as a national landmark on September 24, 2016 by President Barack Obama. The National Park Service is currently accepting comments on the foundation document for future monument. Comments will close on October 26.

Lucy Davis is the Digital Media Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. She studies public history at Rutgers University, Camden.