Stonewall National Monument Dedication Monday

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Secretary Jewell

On Monday, June 27, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and White House Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett will join federal, state and local officials and LGBT leaders to participate in a public dedication ceremony to commemorate the designation of Stonewall National Monument in New York City.

Today, President Obama designated Christopher Park in New York City’s Greenwich Village as Stonewall National Monument using his authority under the Antiquities Act. The monument’s boundary also encompasses the Stonewall Inn, a seminal location in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history, as well as the surrounding streets and sidewalks integral to the Stonewall Uprising.

In June of 1969, after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn that targeted the bar’s LGBT patrons, a clash occurred that is now understood to have launched the modern LGBT civil rights movement. Each June, during LGBT Pride Month, these historic events are remembered nationwide with Pride festivals, parades and other celebratory, historical and educational activities. The Stonewall Inn site was designated a National Historic Landmark and a National Park Service affiliated area in 2000.

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