Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will convene 18 scholars this month to help identify sites marking significant moments in LGBT American history. The examination is part of an effort “to tell the story of Americans,” she said outside of New York’s Stonewall Inn on Friday.
The Manhattan gay bar where the 1969 riot following a police raid took place was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000 and is currently the only such site related to or marking LGBT history, according to the National Park Service. Four other LGBT-related locations are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Park Service is, in my view, America’s storyteller through place,” NPS director Jonathan Jarvis said. “It’s important that the places we recognize represent the full complement of the American experience.”
The initiative hopes to identify up to twelve new sites for placement on the National Register of Historic Places or for designation as National Historic Landmarks or national monuments.
The Associated Press reports that the group of scholars are expected to wrap up their study by 2016. It will be funded by $250,000 from the Gill Foundation, an organization that funds LGBT efforts.