Ed Team

New Light on the Past

Filed By Ed Team | June 19, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: LGBT history, New York, stonewall, stonewall inn

"Police have been keeping an eye on the Stonewall Inn at 55 Christopher St. for some time. . . . Last week, they raided the Greenwich Village place, tabbed a homosexual handout and said they gathered evidence of illegal sale of alcohol. That raid went off without a hitch. At 2 a.m. yesterday, in a second raid, the picture was different. At least three policemen suffered minor injuries from an irate crowd, the front of the place was set afire and 13 persons were arrested. Peace was restored about 4 a.m."

--From a New York Daily News story of June 29, 1969, the night after the rebellion. The archive of the story's photographer, Joseph Ambrosini, has been given to OutHistory.org, which is now publishing nine pages of never-before-released New York City Police Department records created early on the morning of June 28, 1969.

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