50th Anniversary Celebration of the Sip-In at Julius’
April 25, 2016
Dick Leitsch, Sip-In participant and then-president of the Mattachine Society of New York, being interviewed.
Julius’ on the 50th anniversary of the Sip-In.
Sip-In participants Randy Wicker and Dick Leitsch inside the bar where they made history 50 years ago.
Interior of Julius’.
Co-director Ken Lustbader speaks about our nomination of Julius’ to the National Register of Historic Places.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the event.
NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez (and the council’s LGBT Caucus chair) presents the “Sip-In Day” proclamation with Council Member Corey Johnson and State Senator Brad Hoylman. Not pictured: Council Member Daniel Dromm.
Joshua Laird, Commissioner of National Parks of New York Harbor, National Parks Service talks about the bar’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Unofficial historian Tom Bernardin (center) and Julius’ bar owner Helen Buford (left) are joined by Sip-In participants Randy Wicker and Dick Leitsch (right).
Co-director Jay Shockley, Sip-In participants Dick Leitsch and Randy Wicker, project manager Amanda Davis, and co-diretors Andrew Dolkart and Ken Lustbader inside the bar.
50th anniversary coasters, with the one on the left signed by Sip-In participants Dick Leitsch and Randy Wicker. Collection of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.
Last week, on April 21st, we gathered at Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sip-In, which took place here in 1966.
Joshua Laird, Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, stood outside Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village to announce its listing on the National Register of Historic Places based on our nomination. Surviving Sip-In participants Randy Wicker and Dick Leitsch were also present and honored.
[Dick Leitsch and Randy Wicker] truly have paved the way for LGBT rights and I think young people should know what these older gentlemen did to make it a little bit easier for future generations.
Elected officials who attended the event include New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and New York City Council Members Rosie Mendez (also chair of the council’s LGBT Caucus), Corey Johnson, and Daniel Dromm. The City Council presented a framed proclamation announcing that April 21, 2016 would be remembered as “Sip-In Day” in New York City.
Many thanks to Casa Vera Productions for capturing a great day in LGBT and NYC history. View the video below!
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Julius’ National Register Nomination
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