For the past three months, the historic site in Greenwich Village has been temporarily closed to ensure the health and safety of its staff and customers during the coronavirus pandemic. It now faces an uncertain future. Even if it reopens, it will likely be under restrictions that limit the bar’s business activities, according to its website.
“We resurrected the Stonewall Inn once after it had been shuttered, and we stand ready to do it again with your help,” the current owners who (bought the bar in 2006) shared. They set up two GoFundMe pages for people to donate: one to save the bar and one to support its staff. The former has surpassed its goal, but the latter is just over halfway there.
If you’re unaware, the bar is the site of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in which police raided the Inn leading to six days of protests and violent confrontations between gay rights activists and law enforcement. Fast forward to the one-year anniversary of the riots: Thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park in what was the first Pride parade. The tavern and its surrounding area are now considered the first national monument dedicated to the gay rights movement.
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