The Obama Administration is preparing to announce the nation’s first monument to gay liberation, Stonewall National Park, which will be located in New York City‘s Greenwich Village, considered the birthplace of the modern movement.
The historic designation will encompass the Stonewall Inn bar, Christopher Park, a sliver of green space across the street from the bar, and parts of the surrounding neighborhood.
According to The Washington Post, the National Park Service will designate the area as historic in time for the city’s pride celebration, which commemorates June 28, 1969, the day corrupt cops raided Stonewall Inn only to be surprised by an intense rebellion by bar patrons and locals fed up with police harassment.
The president “has made clear that he’s committed to ensuring our national parks, monuments and public lands help Americans better understand the places and stories that make this nation great,” a spokesperson for the Interior Department told The Post.
The fight for a Stonewall monument has been around for some time with groups like the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) calling for action on a federal memorial as early as last year.
“The National Park Service has a responsibility to protect, preserve and tell the stories of some of our nation’s most iconic places, and as part of that responsibility, it is our job to be sure that Americans never forget where we’ve been, where we are, and what we aspire to be as a nation,” Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, who was appointed in 2009. ”I am excited to see how the outcomes of the LGBT Heritage Initiative and theme study will allow us to share a more inclusive version of our uniquely American experience.”