The Stonewall Inn

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The Stonewall Inn

  • Location: New York, New York

Located at 53 Christopher Street in the heart of New York City’s West Village, the Stonewall Inn is a historic bar famed as the site of the riots that helped launch the LGBT civil rights movement.

At the time, police raids on LGBT bars were commonplace because it was illegal to serve LGBT people alcohol or for LGBT patrons to dance together. On Saturday, June 28, 1969, the New York City Police Department arrived at Stonewall, where approximately 200 customers were gathered. The raid resulted in a series of spontaneous – and at times, violent – demonstrations as Stonewall’s patrons heroically resisted arrest.

In June 2016, President Barack Obama designated Stonewall and the area surrounding it as the country’s first national monument dedicated to LGBT history.

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