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Day three...

 Photo  ©  2016 Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. All Rights Reserved.

 Photo © 2016 Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. All Rights Reserved.

 Photo  ©  2016 Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. All Rights Reserved.

 Photo © 2016 Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. All Rights Reserved.

 Photo  ©  2016 Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. All Rights Reserved.

 Photo © 2016 Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. All Rights Reserved.

  The Day After: The Judson (inarguably the least known but most important peace and creativity venue of the 1960s), which had a prayer service last night, updated its sign Tuesday - while still keeping track of the war dead.

  At Christopher Park, the George Segal sculpture and the Parks Dept sign with its iconic Fred W. McDarrah Gay Pride image (upper left of photo), were bathed in remembrances.

  The ground near the "Four Figures" sculpture has the names of the Orlando victims written in chalk.

  Today's Save the Village tour was the most somber one yet. But it was also perhaps the most thoughtful and educational. Discussing the balance between progress and preservation, the meaning of the history and importance of a place like Stonewall and the reaction to the slaughter in Orlando left everyone more aware of the problems of the world we now all live in.

  And, some positive ideas on how to begin to solve them. 

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Making Christopher Park a National Park

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Making Christopher Park a National Park

A campaign is underway to make a National Park out of Christopher Park, located across from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. Go to savestonewall.org to learn more.

At .19 acres (according to http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/christopher-park) it would not be the smallest National Park. That would be the Philadelphia house where Polish freedom fighter Thaddeus Kosciuszko lived, which clocks in at .02 acres. His name should be familiar to drivers who have spent hours crossing the short, potholed and badly designed bridge on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that bears his name, which crosses Newtown Creek.

As of June 2015, Christopher Park has a new informational sign posted by the city Parks Department, detailing the famous 1969 riots that mark the start of the modern day gay rights movement. The image on the sign was taken by... Fred W. McDarrah, making him part of the official New York City story of the gay rights movement. It is on the Save the Village tour

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