President Obama designates NY's Stonewall as National Monument
The Stonewall Uprising was an event now widely credited with sparking the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S.
BY BROOKE SOPELSA, NBC News
(NBC News) - On June 28, 1969, patrons at a gay bar in New York City's West Village neighborhood decided they had finally had enough after yet another police raid.
As the NYPD attempted to enforce a law making it illegal to serve alcohol to "homosexuals," the resistance of the bar patrons turned into an uprising - the Stonewall Uprising - an event now widely credited with sparking the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S.
Now, nearly 50 years later, that same location - where members of the community stood up to government injustice - has been designated a new national monument by the President of the United States.
"The designation will create the first official National Park Service unit dedicated to telling the story of LGBT Americans, just days before the one year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 states," the White House stated.
The new Stonewall National Monument includes nearly 8 acres of land, including the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park and the surrounding streets and sidewalks that were part of the 1969 uprising.
Under President Obama, a number of LGBTQ sites have been designated as National Historic Landmarks or listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Dr. Franklin E. Kameny Residence in Washington, D.C. and the Bayard Rustin Residence in New York City.