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Harvey Milk, 18th & Castro Streets, San Francisco

Artist
Crawford W. Barton, 2 Jun 1943 - 10 Jun 1993
Sitter
Harvey Milk, 22 May 1930 - 27 Nov 1978
Unidentified Sitters
Date
1973
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 28.4 × 27.6 cm (11 3/16 × 10 7/8")
Sheet: 35.2 × 27.9 cm (13 7/8 × 11")
Mat: 50.8 × 40.6 cm (20 × 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Edward Brooks DeCelle) The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the country’s first private museums, was established in 1869 to promote art and American genius. In 2014 the Works from the Corcoran Collection were distributed to institutions in Washington, D.C.
Restrictions & Rights
© The GLBT Historical Society
Object number
NPG.2019.48
Exhibition Label
Born Woodmere, Long Island, New York
Having run for office in 1973, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay elected official in a major American city with his 1977 election to the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco, California. Milk had remained closeted when serving in the Navy during the Korean War and while working in the financial industry in New York City. He publically embraced his homosexuality after settling in San Francisco in 1972 and opening a camera shop in the Castro District—the city’s growing gay enclave. Outspoken and determined, Milk soon emerged as a leading activist in California’s gay rights movement. In 1978, he spearheaded the successful drive to defeat Proposition 6—a statewide initiative that would have banned gays and lesbians from working in California’s public schools. On November 27, 1978, a gay rights opponent assassinated Harvey Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone in their City Hall offices.
Nacido en Woodmere, Long Island, Nueva York
Habiendo presentado su candidatura en 1973, Harvey Milk se convirtió en el primer funcionario electo abiertamente gay en una gran ciudad de EE. UU. con su elección de 1977 a la Junta de Supervisores de San Francisco, California. Milk había permanecido en el closet durante su servicio en la marina en la Guerra de Corea y mientras trabajaba en la industria financiera en la Ciudad de Nueva York. Admitió públicamente su homosexualidad tras asentarse en San Francisco en 1972 y abrir una tienda de fotografía en el Distrito Castro, el creciente enclave gay de la ciudad. Honesto y resuelto, Milk pronto se estableció como un activista líder en el movimiento por los derechos de los homosexuales en California. En 1978, encabezó la exitosa campaña para derrotar la Proposición 6, una iniciativa presentada en California que habría prohibido que gays y lesbianas traba- jaran en las escuelas públicas del estado. El 27 de noviembre de 1978, un oponente de los derechos de los homosexuales asesinó a Harvey Milk y al entonces alcalde de San Francisco George Moscone en sus oficinas de la municipalidad.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
The Struggle for Justice
On View
NPG, West Gallery 220
Place
United States\California\San Francisco\San Francisco