June 28, 1969: Police Raid the Stonewall Inn

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. That night, the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next three days.

The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

In 2011, American Experience released the film “The Stonewall Uprising.”

Today, on the 44th anniversary, we invite you to:
    •    Explore the milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement
    •    View photos of the Stonewall Uprising
    •    Watch the full film The Stonewall Uprising (Run time: 01:22:03)