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UPDATE: Stonewall National Monument Gets New Landmarks and Special Visitors

Updated June 26, 2024:

As if Pride 2024 couldn’t get anymore fabulous, President Joe Biden and Sir Elton John are set to visit Stonewall National Monument Friday on the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.  From The Randy Report come this post about the special guests’ visit.

“President Biden, Elton John To Visit Stonewall Inn On 55th Anniversary Of Riots”

 

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, LGBTQ patrons at the Stonewall Inn said “Enough!” and pushed back against another raid by the police, sparking four nights of demonstrations giving birth to a Community and civil rights movement.

On June 24, 2016, President Obama designated the historic Stonewall as a national monument. The monument’s boundary encompasses approximately 7.7 acres of land, including Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks. It is the first official National Park Service unit dedicated to telling the story of LGBTQ Americans.

Related article: “President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument” 

 

For Pride 2024, the Stonewall National Monument is getting two new landmarks recognizing its place in the history of New York City, our nation, and our Community.  Earlier this month, openly gay, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal introduced legislation to rename the subway station at Christopher St and Seventh Ave “The Christopher Street – Stonewall National Monument Station.” The bill, co-sponsored by State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, was unanimously passed by the state legislature.

 

This week, on the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, adjacent to the bar, will open its doors to guests. The storefront was originally part of the Stonewall Inn circa 1969 though today they are two unaffiliated entities. Operated by a nonprofit called Pride Live for the National Park Service, there will be Park Rangers whose jobs will include educating visitors about the Uprising’s history.

 

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From the website:
“Pride Live  secured the lease to the long-empty 51 Christopher Street storefront and reimagined and transformed the 2,100 square foot space into the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center (SNMVC), the first LGBTQIA+ visitor center within the National Park System. This historic project began six years ago and has been led by two Queer women of color: Pride Live Co-Founders Diana Rodriguez and Ann Marie Gothard, who embarked on a mission to celebrate and preserve the legacy of Stonewall.”

Enjoy this virtual tour of the Visitor Center!

 

Hours of operation are Tuesday – Sunday : 10am – 4pm
Monday : Closed

Free timed-entry passes are required for admission.

For more information and ticket reservations visit StonewallVisitorCenter.org

 

Read our previous Pride Month 2024 posts:

“Proud Out Loud! – PRIDE 2024”
“Gilbert Baker’s Gift of Pride — The Rainbow Flag” 
“Make Your Voice Heard and Vote with Pride”
“Music of Pride – The Classics” 
“Amber Riley visits “MacArthur Park” for Pride: VIDEO”
“Pulse Massacre 8th Anniversary Remembrance” 
“Lady Bunny is Fired Up for ‘Hot Troll Summer’ Shows”
“Podcast: Pro Wrestler Comes Out, Pride Month TV + More” 
“Music of Pride – Broadway” 
“Forty Tony Years of ‘La Cage aux Folles’”
“Docuseries Reveals How Disco Changed the World: Trailer” 
“Rejoice on Juneteenth with Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’: VIDEO” 
“Show Your “True Colors” in ASL: VIDEOS” 
“Music of Pride – Divas & Legends 
“Alan Turing – Code Breaker and Father of Modern Computing/AI” 

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