American Express Offers $100,000 Grant to Stonewall National Monument
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American Express has announced that it has offered a $100,000 grant to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks for Capturing LGBTQ History. The grant will provide support for the Stonewall National Monument, and will fund research and community outreach.
The Stonewall Inn, which was designated as a national monument on June 24, 2016, is located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Events at the building marked a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Police would regularly raid bars that were gathering spots for the LGBTQ community, but on June 28, 1969 during one such raid, the crowd at the Stonewall Inn refused to disperse and demanded their civil rights. The protest, which lasted six days, soon spread to neighboring streets and grew to several thousand people. It inspired citizens across the country to form LGBTQ rights groups in their cities.
“We’re grateful to American Express for helping the park collect oral histories that will bring the events of Stonewall to life and create a rich visitor experience,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “American Express’ grant highlights the crucial role private support plays in enhancing our national parks and connecting people to the important American stories they share.”
This grant is the latest in over $13 million in funds that American Express has given to park-related causes over the past three years. Previous grants have been used to preserve sites, increase volunteerism and encourage people to visit parks, especially in urban areas.