Rise Up: Stonewall & The LGBTQ Rights Movement

Newseum/Freedom Forum
Diana Davies Manuscripts/Archives Division New York Public Library
Banner image: Newseum/Freedom Forum

On Exhibit Now

June 4 – September 26

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement is a national traveling exhibit created by the Newseum in Washington, D.C. that explores how the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village in June 1969 became the spark that ignited the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

It uses artifacts and images to shed light on important milestones of gay rights history, from the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials to the AIDS crisis. It covers hate crime legislation and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, as well as the fight for marriage equality.

Rise Up also examines pop culture’s role in influencing attitudes about the LGBTQ community through film, television and sports, and examines how the gay rights movement has appropriated the power of public protest and demonstration to get laws changed and shatter stereotypes.

Check out MoSH Summer Pride Events & Activities.

Learn more about our companion exhibit Memphis Proud: The Resilience of a Southern LGBTQ+ Community.

 A Queer Understanding Podcast (featuring Memphis Museum of Science & History)

Once a month from May to September, Angelica and Cassy will release an episode surrounding MoSH and the LGBTQ+ history of Memphis.​

The May episode featured the director of exhibits and collections Raka Nandi, as well as two of her interns, Olivia Roman and Patrick Grooms, that made the exhibit possible. You can listen to the May episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1920716/episodes/10631215

Raka Nandi - MoSH Director of Exhibits & Collections
Olivia Roman - MoSH Intern
Patrick Grooms - MoSH Intern

Presented By



Sponsored by


Archer Malmo’s LGBTQIA+ ERG

Focus Magazine

International Paper


Raymond James

Sowell Realtors


“Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” was developed by the Newseum. The Newseum is an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, whose mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. freedomforum.org

This entry was posted in . Bookmark the permalink.