Target: Paul Loether, National Register Chief and Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Goal: Designate Julius’ Bar as a historic site to ensure its preservation.
The site of a famous LGBT rights sit in has been nominated by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation to the National Register of Historic Places. Julius’ Bar played in important role in the nascent gay rights movement when, in 1966, four members of The Mattachine Society staged a “sip in” at the bar to protest state Liquor Authority policy, which held that simply being gay made them disruptive.
Like the better known Stonewall Inn or Black Cat Tavern, Julius Bar played host to a critical moment in our recent history when oppressed people stood up and rejected their second-class-citizen status. Designating the bar as a historic place recognizes the long struggle for LGBT equality and preserves a grim reminder of the past to which we could return if we forget the value of equality.
Dan McEneny, of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation told The Washington Blade that, if Julius’ is added to the National Register of Historical Places, it will become just the fourth LGBT landmark on the list. Not only will designating Julius’ as a historic place increase the diversity of our nation’s national landmarks, it offers important tools to preservationists.
Adding the bar to the National Register of Historic Places would encourage its continued operation by making it eligible for tax incentives and federal grant programs. State level designations, meanwhile, could protect the historic Julius’ Bar from demolition and unapproved alterations.
Call for the preservation of our nation’s civil rights history. Call for the protection of Julius’ Bar.
Dear Mr. Loether,
Julius’ Bar has been nominated by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation to the National Register of Historic Places. Like the Stonewall Inn and Black Cat Tavern, Julius’ was the site of an important stand for civil rights. In 1966, four member of The Mattachine Society staged a protest at the bar protesting state Liquor Authority policy, which held that simply being gay made them disruptive.
Recognizing the historic nature of Julius’ Bar would comprise a significant acknowledgment of LGBT history and take an important step in preserving it. If Julius’ is added to the National Register of Historic Places, it will become just the fourth LGBT site on the list, adding much needed diversity to our nation’s national landmarks.
Moreover, adding the bar to the National Register of Historic Places would encourage its continued operation by making it eligible for tax incentives and federal grant programs. Similarly, designations of historic status at the local level would offer Julius’ Bar critical protections from demolition and unapproved alteration.
New York’s Governor Cuomo has already announced his support for Julius’ Bar as a historic site. When he recommended the bar to the State Register of Historic Places, he specifically noted Julius’ cultural significance conferred by the civil rights protests of 1966. Join Governor Cuomo in recognizing the historical importance of Julius’ Bar and helping to protect it for generations to come.
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