Stonewall Inn Becoming Stonewall National Monument

Stonewall Inn, June 25, 2016. Photo by Rhododendrites

Stonewall Inn, June 25, 2016. Photo by Rhododendrites

June 28, 1969 is the date when the LGBT rose up as a group to fight for their rights. On this date a riot broke out at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Universally considered the birthplace and time of the modern Gay Rights movement, US President Barack Obama has set aside 7.7 acres in the Village as the country’s first monument to this phenomenon.

To be called the Stonewall National Monument, it is the newest addition to the National Park System. This year marks 100 years since the first National Park was established.

The announcement was made during the annual Pride celebration that took place in New York City from June 19th to 26th. It is hoped that the monument will be ready by the time the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot comes around, in June 2019.

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