Secretary Jewell to Launch Initiative to Expand National Park Service's Telling of America's Story

Office of the Secretary

New National Park Service LGBT Theme Study to be Announced at Historic Stonewall Inn in New York City


NEW YORK, NY – On Friday, May 30, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will announce a new National Park Service theme study to identify places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and ensure that the agency is telling a complete story of America's heritage and history.

The Stonewall Inn is the site of a riot in 1969 that is widely recognized as a catalyst for the modern civil rights movement in the LGBT community. It is currently the only LGBT-associated site that has been designated a national historic landmark by the National Park Service as a property having extraordinary significance in American history.

The theme study is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation. The National Park Service has ongoing heritage initiatives to commemorate minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation's history and culture, including studies related to Latinos, women's history, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders.


Sally Jewell
, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Corey Johnson, District 3, New York City Councilman
Tim Gill, Founder, Gill Foundation


Launch of New National Park Service Heritage Initiative regarding the LGBT Community


11am EDT, Friday, May 30, 2014

10:45am EDT – Media check-in


Stonewall Inn

53 Christopher Street

New York, NY 10014


Media interested in attending the press conference are encouraged to RSVP here.

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