Julius’ Sip In 50th Anniversary Approaches
This coming Thursday will be the 50th anniversary of the “Sip In” at Julius’ Bar, the groundbreaking civil disobedience for LGBT rights. On April 21, 1966, three gay activists challenged state regulations which made it possible to close down bars simply for serving gay people, three years before the Stonewall Riots. In 2012 GVSHP got Julius’ Bar determined eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places based upon this groundbreaking civil rights history, and now we are seeking landmark designation for the site as well. Julius' building dates to 1826 and has been a bar since 1864, making it one of the oldest bars in New York City.
Julius’ is also known to be New York’s and one of the country’s oldest gay bars have written in support of the landmarking proposal, urging the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to move ahead; so far, they have not agreed to do so. In honor of this historic anniversary, a limited number of high-quality prints of the iconic image of this great moment in civil rights history are available for sale thanks to the incredible generosity of the Fred W. McDarrah Estate, with proceeds supporting GVSHP.
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