On Saturday in September, volunteers were invited to join Members and friends of Out Professionals in sprucing up Christopher Park, site of Stonewall, the 1969 rebellion that sparked the gay revolution. In 1999, the park was placed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and added to the National Register.
In 1979, the Mildred Andrews Fund, a private Cleveland-based foundation that supports public art, commissioned pop sculptor George Segal to create a work commemorating Stonewall. An intimate, life-size bronze group painted white, Segal’s “Gay Liberation” normalizes same-sex relationships. According to Segal, already America’s leading sculptor of public monuments and memorials, “The sculpture concentrates on tenderness, gentleness and sensitivity as expressed in gesture.” In 1992, New York City finally agreed to place the work in Christopher Park.