Stonewall Honored With Two Tours to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

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On a June night in 1969, an uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village launched a modern civil rights movement. Now, 50 years later, that seminal event will be honored in many different ways such as New York playing host to this year’s WorldPride, a first for a U.S. city.

Until then, LGBTQ history buffs can look forward to June by taking a look back through our rich, queer past with two tours—one real, one virtual—of where it all began:

For those on the ground, Urban Adventures just launched a three-hour LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood, and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village.

Photo courtesy of Urban Adventures

A local LGBTQ guide leads participants through an immersive experience that unfurls the Village’s history, from its start as a 1630s tobacco field to its more recent era playing home to numerous counterculture movements. Highlights of the tour include stops at the Stonewall National Monument (above), the iconic bars of Christopher Street, homes of the neighborhood’s famous queer residents, the New York AIDS Memorial, the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, and more.

The tour gathers at the Washington Square Park Arch every day at 4pm. Advance tickets are required and guests must be 21 and up.

Photo by Kacey Hadick

For anyone unable to get to New York, CyArk, a heritage preservation non-profit, recently completed the first ever 3D photorealistic digital record of the Stonewall National Monument, Christopher Park, and the Stonewall Inn. To make the recording, a three-person mapping team captured the Inn’s interior, as well as exteriors of the park, the bar, and its Christopher Street neighbors.

Photo by Scott Lee

The recording, made earlier this month, will be incorporated into a virtual reality experience that teaches Stonewall’s history and enables visitors located anywhere in the world to learn about the event’s significance in the LGBTQ rights movement.

Bryan van Gorder usually writes about the places he's been or the famous people forced to talk to him.