From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Hundreds of young men went on a rampage in Greenwich Village, shortly after 3 A.M. yesterday after a force of plain-clothes men raided a bar that the police said was well known for its homo-sexual clientele.
Thirteen persons were arrested and four policemen injured. The young men threw bricks, bottles, garbage, pennies and a parking meter at the policemen, who had a search warrant authorizing them in investigate reports that liquor was sold illegally at the bar, the Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street, just off Sheridan Square."--New York Times, June 29, 1969
The Stonewall Inn in New York City, and its surrounding area also known as Stonewall, was the site of the famous Stonewall riots of 1969, which have come to symbolize the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States. It was located at 51-53 Christopher Street, between West 4th Street and Waverly Place, in Greenwich Village. The Stonewall riots are regarded as the single most important event that led to the modern movement for gay and lesbian issues.
Media references and portrayals
- The Quantum Leap television episode "Running for Honor" and the comic book issue titled "Up Against A Stonewall" both make reference to the Stonewall Inn.
- The movie Stonewall, released in 1995, is loosely based on the incidents leading up to the riots.
- The 1995 movie Jeffrey co-starring Patrick Stewart was set in New York City in the early nineties, and features one scene filmed outside the Stonewall Inn and in the Christopher Street Garden opposite, socialising around the pride statues there.