St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center was originally founded in 1849 by the Sisters of Charity. Housing the first AIDS ward on the east coast, it is referred to as "ground zero" of the epidemic.
The Center provides education, programs, services, and advocacy for LGBT rights. Founded in 1984, the building was the headquarters for ACT-UP and other support groups. It has recently won city landmarks status.
The New York City Aids Memorial sits on a site that was most recently part of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital. Following the closing of St. Vincent’s in 2010, a public park and memorial was created.
The Stonewall Inn is the site of a watershed moment in LGBT history. 3 days of riots in Greenwich Village started after a raid here in 1969 which lead to a revolution in LGBT rights. Village Preservation lead the charge to have The Stonewall Inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Stonewall has since been landmarked by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and subsequently a U.S. National Monument.
Christopher Park, located across the street from Stonewall National Monument, is home to the sculpture "Gay Liberation" by American artist George Segal. The installation commemorates the Stonewall riots. Christopher Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places along with Stonewall Inn in 1999.
Lorraine Hansberry's seminal play, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first play written by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Hansberry was a lesbian and an early member of Daughters of Bilitis.
232 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
Curators of the Exhibit:
Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Village Preservation
Lannyl Stephens, Director of Development, Village Preservation
Sophia Klebnikov, Digital Project Intern, Village Preservation
James Bennett, III
Emily Kate Genatowski