On June 24, 2016, Stonewall National Monument was established as the 412th unit of the National Park System. Located in Christopher Park in part of New York City's Historic Greenwich Village, the events of June 28, 1969 in this area helped shape the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement.
Across the street from Christopher Park at Stonewall Inn, patrons and employees fought back as New York City police conducted a raid, a scenario that had become routine at gay bars and often resulted in harassment and arrests. Unlike previous raids, the crowds held their ground in demanding civil rights and refused to disperse. The protests expanded from Stonewall Inn along neighboring streets and into Christopher Park, and at times included several thousand people. The six-day-long uprising marked a significant turning point in the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Within two years, LGBTQ people across the country had formed gay rights groups in almost every major city.
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