Pride 2022: Breaking ground for new Stonewall visitor center, dedicated to LGBTQ history

NEW YORK (WABC) – As Pride Month celebrations continue across the country, officials in New York have gathered to open a new visitor center dedicated to telling the story of the LGBTQ rights movement.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York Senator Chuck Schumer were among those in attendance for the groundbreaking Friday morning, dipping ritual silver shovels into a rainbow-colored sand bed.

The Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center will be located next to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. It is scheduled to open in 2024.

The Stonewall National Monument became the first U.S. national monument dedicated to LGBTQ history when it was dedicated in 2016 opposite the Stonewall Inn, where patrons reacted to a June 28, 1969 police raid and helped spark the modern LGBT rights movement. .

The Stonewall Uprising is celebrated every year with pride marches in cities across the US and around the world.

“It’s important to have the Stonewall Inn as part of our long and strong history,” model Geena Rocero told Eyewitness News. “But having a visitor center in a place, for me, where we can feel down to earth … to officially have a place to have that … is very possible.”

“My story is important,” said musician Mila Jam. “To know where I come from, to know the people who fought to breathe, to be here, to have power in my life.”

The new visitor center will offer in-person and virtual tours, as well as art exhibitions for anyone wanting to learn more about the LGBTQ rights fight and the role played by Stonewall.

Although managed by Pride Live, the center will also serve as a base for National Park Service staff.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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