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Stonewall Inn Now a National Monument

Written by Richard Hack

President Barack Obama announced that the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan has been named a national monument dedicated to the gay-rights movement.  The bar in Greenwich Village, frequented by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, became the site of an uprising after police raided it in June 1969, triggering what’s widely viewed as the start of the gay rights movement.

The monument will cover 7.7 acres in Manhattan, including the bar, a small park across the street called Christopher Park, and the streets around it where the uprising took place.

According to the White House, the National Park Service will manage the Stonewall National Monument, which includes

“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,” the president said in a video announcing the decision. View it at https://youtu.be/ywtvJyXDWkk.  “That we are stronger together, that out of many, we are one.”

The video was featured on screens in New York’s Times Square as part of the city’s Pride celebrations.

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