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Stonewall Inn

 
 
Stonewall Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
1. Stonewall Inn Marker
Inscription.
53 Christopher Street at Stonewall Place
Site of the Stonewall Riots
June 27-29, 1969
Birth Of The Modern
Lesbian & Gay Rights Liberation


 
Erected 2003.
 
Location. 40° 44.027′ N, 74° 0.128′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Christopher Street west of 7th Avenue South, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 Christopher Street, New York NY 10014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Philip Henry Sheridan (a few steps from this marker); Gay Liberation Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Ephraim Ellsworth and the New York Fire Zouaves (within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 27 Christopher Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edwin Arlington Robinson (about 400 feet away); Thomas Paine Death House (about 400 feet away); St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New York City.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Historic Stonewall Inn (Stonewall Inn)
Stonewall Inn and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
2. Stonewall Inn and Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here, located high and just to the left of the entrance.

The Stonewall Inn was not a fancy establishment -- even its regular customers described it as a dive. Operated by the Mafia, the bar served watered-down drinks without a liquor license. Its two dark rooms had no running water -- just a tub where the drinking glasses were rinsed for reuse. The Stonewall Inn was, however, one of the only places gay people in New York City could socialize, providing a rare haven where they could drink, dance to the jukebox, and be themselves. -- Introduction: Stonewall Riots, American Experience, PBS
. (Submitted on October 15, 2016.)
2. Civil Rights at Stonewall National Historic Landmark (National Park Service). (Submitted on October 15, 2016.)
3. Announcing the Stonewall National Monument (Youtube.com, The White House, 4 mins.). "Iím designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to Americaís national parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country – the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one." - President Barack Obama (Submitted on October 15, 2016.) 

4. Introduction: Stonewall Uprising (American Experience, PBS). (Submitted on October 15, 2016.)
 
Additional keywords. LGBT
 
Categories. Civil Rights
 
Stonewall Inn (1969) image. Click for full size.
By Diana Davies, 1969
3. Stonewall Inn (1969)
Photograph courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections.
Raided Premises Sign image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
4. Raided Premises Sign
The above sign is found inside the Stonewall Inn. Howard Leary was police commissioner at the time of the Stonewall Riots.

...New York City had the largest gay population in the United States. It was also the city that most aggressively upheld anti-sodomy laws. In the mid-1960s New York created police vice squads to raid gay bars and baths, and began using decoys to solicit and entrap gays. By 1966 over 100 men a week were arrested as a result of this effort. "It was a nightmare for the lesbian or gay man who was arrested and caught up in the juggernaut but it was also a nightmare for the lesbians or gay men who lived in the closet," Yale Law School professor William Eskridge says in the film. "This produced an enormous amount of anger within the lesbian and gay community in New York City. Eventually something was bound to blow." -- Introduction: Stonewall Uprising, American Experience, PBS
Stonewall Riots 10th Anniversary - Front Page of Gay Community News (June 23, 1979, Vol. 6, No. 47) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
5. Stonewall Riots 10th Anniversary - Front Page of Gay Community News (June 23, 1979, Vol. 6, No. 47)
Also found inside the Stonewall Inn. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 157 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on October 15, 2016.
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