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Legacy Walk

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The Legacy Walk is an outdoor public display which celebrates LGBT history and people. According to its website, it is "the world's only outdoor museum walk and youth education program dedicated to combating anti-gay bullying by celebrating LGBT contributions to history." It is the world's largest collection of such monuments. It is located in Chicago, Illinois.

History

The Legacy Project was inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt when it was displayed for the first time at the National March on Washington for GLBT Civil Rights in 1987 as the beginning of an LGBT history project and museum. In 1991, the City of Chicago instituted the first Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, recognizing both Chicago LGBT history and international history. A few years later, a "Rainbow Pylon" was installed as a streetscape art project on North Halsted Street, part of the "Northalsted Corridor," the nexus of the Chicago LGBT community. This became the impetus for extending the installation into a history walk that toured through the area, which became the Legacy Walk. The inaugural dedication of the kiosks and plaques took place on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2012.

References

Legacy Walk Wikipedia


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