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posted Friday, March 15, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 11
New exhibit 'Rise Up' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. marks 50th anniversary of Stonewall Inn Riots
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New exhibit 'Rise Up' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. marks 50th anniversary of Stonewall Inn Riots

On Friday, March 8, the Newseum opened a groundbreaking exhibit, 'Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,' which explores the modern gay rights movement and marks the 50th anniversary of a June 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village. The protests following the raid are considered to be the catalyst that inspired the modern gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights.

The exhibit explores key moments of gay rights history, including the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, one of the country's first openly gay elected officials, the AIDS crisis, Rep. Barney Frank's public coming out in 1987, the efforts for hate crime legislation, the implementation and later repeal of 'Don't Ask, ?Don't Tell' and the fight for marriage equality.

'Rise Up' also examines popular culture's role in influencing and reflecting attitudes about the LGBTQ community through film, television, sports and music and explores how the gay rights movement harnessed the power of public protest and demonstration to change laws and shatter stereotypes.

A yearlong program series, launched in June 2018, focuses on historic and contemporary topics from 'Rise Up' and features journalists, authors, politicians and other newsmakers who have led the fight for equality. (See website for details.) The exhibit, which will travel nationally, includes educational resources for students and teachers.

This exhibit will be displayed at the Newseum through Dec. 31, 2019.

The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. The Newseum is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Newseum will be closing in its current location on December 31, 2019. Admission: Adults, 19-64: $24.95 + tax; Seniors, 65 & older: $19.95 + tax; Youth, 7-18: $14.95 + tax; Children, 6 & younger: Free. For more information, visit www.newseum.org or call (202) 292-1600.

About the Newseum
The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment - religion, speech, press, assembly and petition - apply to their lives.

Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Exhibits include the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, which displays the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest displays of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942.

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Newseum, including the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum's education department and diversity and inclusion programs.

NewseumED (https://newseumed.org/) is a free online learning platform that reaches more than 11 million teachers and students around the world. Its unique approach to history, civics and media literacy helps students cultivate the skills needed to make informed decisions in a divided and demanding world.

Featuring dramatic vistas of Washington, D.C., the Newseum has become one of the city's most sought-after venues for conferences, weddings, movie premieres and special events. Two state-of-the-art television studios host programs of all kinds, which are broadcast around the world each week.

The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

Courtesy of the Newseum

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