Harvey Milk Historical

Harvey Milk Historical (HM1VUF)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94114 San Francisco County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 45.585', W 122° 26.081'

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The Mayor of Castro Street

Harvey Milk and Scott Smith opened their camera store at 575 Castro Street in 1973. It quickly developed into the neighborhood's "city hall" - the place where people always seemed to gather to discuss the latest news, problems, and concerns. Its from windows turned into a community bulletin board, covered with announcements of upcoming civil rights demonstrations, protest, meetings, and events. Harvey became the "Mayor of Castro Street."

It was from his apartment above the shop that Harvey first ran for public office in 1974; he continued to live there even after he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He won his seat by earning the support gays, lesbians, teamsters, firefighters, construction unions, and everyday working people. He successfully led the campaign to defeat a state-wide ballot initiative of ban GLBT people from teaching in California. Just three-weeks after that victory, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated at City Hall. The camera shop closed shortly after Harvey's death in 1978.
Harvey Milk was more than simply a successful politician; he was the first openly gay man in the nation elected to a major public office. Harvey personified a new reality that many people now had to recognize: that a GLBT person living an honest and open life could succeed.
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Date Added Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 549794 N 4179309
Decimal Degrees37.75975000, -122.43468333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 45.585', W 122° 26.081'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 45' 35.1" N, 122° 26' 4.86" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510, 916
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 575 Castro St, San Francisco CA 94114, US
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