Standing outside the Greenwich Village tavern one recent morning, at what is now the Stonewall National Monument
, Mark Segal recalled the spirit of 1969, when protests against the war in Vietnam coincided with the African-American, Latino and women's rights movements.
Gay rights: The tiny Stonewall National Monument
in New York's Greenwich Village is centered on the Stonewall Inn, where a 1969 NYPD raid led to days of protests and kick-started the gay rights movement.
On June 24, 2016, President Barack Obama recognized the historical significance of the 7.7-acre Greenwich Village site by naming it Stonewall National Monument
, the first gay rights site to be designated as a national monument and part of the National Park Service.
Earlier this year, Secretary Jewell and Director Jarvis returned to New York City to participate in a public dedication ceremony following President Obamas designation of the Stonewall National Monument, the nations first monument to honor the story of LGBTQ Americans, on June 24, 2016.
In addition to the Stonewall National Monument, the Obama Administration recognized the Henry Gerber House in Chicago as a National Historic Landmark, and designated eight other LGBTQ sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
We celebrated the creation of several new parks including Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C., which honors suffragist Alice Paul and the fight for voting rights, and Stonewall National Monument
in New York, the only site in the park system focused on LGBT history.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell applauded President Obamas historic designation of Stonewall National Monument
, the first national monument that honors the history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States.