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Harvey Milk

The Mayor of Castro Street

 
 
Harvey Milk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 18, 2016
1. Harvey Milk Marker
Inscription. Harvey Milk and Scott Smith opened their camera store at 575 Castro Street in 1973. It quickly developed into the neighborhood's "city hall" - the place where people always seemed to gather to discuss the latest news, problems, and concerns. Its from windows turned into a community bulletin board, covered with announcements of upcoming civil rights demonstrations, protest, meetings, and events. Harvey became the "Mayor of Castro Street."
It was from his apartment above the shop that Harvey first ran for public office in 1974; he continued to live there even after he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He won his seat by earning the support gays, lesbians, teamsters, firefighters, construction unions, and everyday working people. He successfully led the campaign to defeat a state-wide ballot initiative of ban GLBT people from teaching in California. Just three-weeks after that victory, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated at City Hall. The camera shop closed shortly after Harvey's death in 1978.
Harvey Milk was more than simply a successful politician; he was the first openly gay man in the nation elected to a major public office. Harvey personified a new reality that many people now had to recognize: that a GLBT person living an honest and open life could succeed.
 
Location.
Harvey Milk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 18, 2016
2. Harvey Milk Marker
37° 45.585′ N, 122° 26.081′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Castro Street near 19th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 575 Castro Street, San Francisco CA 94114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Harvey Milk (here, next to this marker); Gertrude Stein (a few steps from this marker); Randy Shilts (a few steps from this marker); Christine Jorgensen (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Hay (within shouting distance of this marker); Keith Haring (within shouting distance of this marker); Sylvester (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Ginsberg (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the door of former Castro Camera store.
 
Also see . . .  The Official Harvey Milk Biography - Milk Foundation. Harvey Milk believed that government should represent individuals, not just downtown interests, and should insure equality for all citizens while providing needed services. He spoke for the participation of LGBT people and other minorities in the political
Harvey Milk, on left image. Click for full size.
By SF Gate
3. Harvey Milk, on left
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(Submitted on November 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Civil RightsNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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