This past spring semester, I took a course called Narratives of New York City at the Graduate Center, CUNY. One day we all walked a few blocks north to pay a visit to our neighbor, the New York Public Library. I adore the library. Always free to enter, with many hidden gems tucked away, and thoughtful and thought-provoking exhibits. On this day in April, we had visited to see the ‘Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50‘ exhibit.
The exhibit featured magazines, photographs, zines, flyers, and more predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s in New York City – before and after the riots at the Stonewall Inn took place in June 1969. It was remarkable to see the very beginnings of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement in tangible, physical form. We’re so lucky that people saved these ephemera, and that the NYPL collects them, preserves and protects, and displays them for anyone to access, learn, and/or remember.
Here’s just a small collection of photos I took during my visit:
Learn more about the New York Public Library, and plan your own visit, by clicking here. When you’re there, remember to keep your eyes peeled at every turn – you never know what you’ll find that will make you smile or teach you something…