Stonewall: A Building. an Uprising. a Revolution.

by Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph

Told from the perspective of the buildings themselves, this account of the Stonewall... read more

Told from the perspective of the buildings themselves, this account of the Stonewall Inn parallels the history of Greenwich Village and covers the famous riots that took place there in 1969. Built as two stable houses in the 1840s, the side-by-side buildings housed a bakery and a then restaurant before becoming the Stonewall Inn. Greenwich Village was a wealthy neighborhood and then a popular destination for immigrants. It welcomed artists of the Beat Generation, and by the 1960s was home to many “gays and lesbians.” The Stonewall Inn opened in 1967, and although it was a community gathering place, it was not always safe. “Some nights, we heard fists pounding on our doors,” says the building, recalling police raids in which many were arrested simply for “wearing the wrong clothes” or “socializing.” After a raid on June 28, 1969, the people fought back, leading to several days of riots and protests. It was the uprising that sparked the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Although the binary language used is unfortunate (“men and women,” “gays and lesbians”), this is an accessible and affirming account of a momentous event in queer history. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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