Stonewall Riots exhibit comes to Corpus Christi’s history museum


The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is featuring an exhibit entitled “50 Years: The Stonewall Rising” to commemorate LGBT History Month.

The exhibit is curated by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is located in the McGregor Studio and will be on display through the end of the month.

A $2 admission day on Saturday, sponsored by Wienerschnitzel of Corpus Christi, will give the opportunity for the public to learn about the events shaping the civil rights movement over that last 50 years.

Museum hours for the special discount day are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can pre-purchase tickets online at ccmuseum.com/pride.

The exterior of the Corpus Christi Museum in June 1977.

Carol Rehtmeyer, executive director of the Corpus Christi Museum, said the museum embraces the value of inclusivity and aims to share the importance of diverse groups and cultures through exhibits..

“Telling stories of triumph, of strife, of challenge is very important to us and our mission,” Rehtmeyer said. “It’s important to share history through these stories to educate and engage the public.”

The Stonewall Riots was an event that occurred in June 1969 at Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village that has been cited as the starting point for the LGBTQIA+ rights movement.

On the night of June 27, 1969, members of the LGBTQ+ community were visiting the Stonewall Inn, one of the few openly LGBTQ-friendly bars in New York City, when the police raided it. Fed up with being marginalized, members and allies of the community gathered by the hundreds to riot in protest of police harassment, galvanizing the gay rights movement.

The exhibition will have viewers look at the who, what and where of those June nights in to understand why the Stonewall riots became the momentum to start the movement to secure equal rights for LGBTQIA+ Americans.

Tom Tagliabue, president of the Mosaic Project of South Texas, said he is grateful to the museum and Wienerschnitzel for bringing the Stonewall exhibit to the community during LGBT History Month.



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