The National Park Service is seeking comments on Stonewall National Monument.
A draft park significant statements period is open allowing public feedback on the monument’s design. This a period of time in which important language about the monument is verified. The public has until Feb. 18, 2018 to comment.
Former President Barack Obama – through a Presidential proclamation — designated the 7.7 acres of Manhattan a National Monument on June 24, 2016. The designation created the first official NPS unit dedicated to telling the story of LGBT Americans.
With the historical designation, the White House declared Stonewall had sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement. On June 29, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, igniting an uprising among the LGBT community.
There are three draft park significant statements the public is asked to comment on. The statements dealing with the uprising, symbolism and commemorating history have been submitted publicly for review and comments.
To read statements and submit your comments, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/