Plaque Unveiling Next Thursday 6 pm Marking Julius’ Bar and 1966 ‘Sip In’ for Gay Rights
Join Village Preservation, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, Julius’ Bar owner Helen Buford, and writer/director /activist John Cameron Mitchell for the unveiling of Village Preservation’s 19th historic plaque marking Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street (at Waverly Place) next Thursday, April 21 at 6 pm. The plaque will honor and commemorate not only Julius’ Bar’s role as New York’s oldest gay bar and one of the oldest continuously operating bars in NYC, but also as the site of the April 21, 1966 “Sip In” — an early action for gay rights three years before the Stonewall Rebellion that fought back against the criminalization of gay people and LGBTQ+ gathering spaces. Longtime LGBTQ+ activist Randy Wicker, who participated in and helped plan the 1966 action, will also be there for the unveiling and to celebrate the anniversary of this seminal civil rights event.
The event is free and open to the public, but we ask you to RSVP if you expect to attend so we can be sure we can safely accommodate you and others at the event.