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HANC Membership Meeting - Feb 2024

In Celebration of Harvey Milk

Haight Ashbury Supervisor Harvey Milk To Be Honored With Memorial Sculpture In City Hall

Photo courtesy of Danny Nicoletta

By Joey Cain, HANC Board

A sculpture of former District 5 Supervisor Harvey Milk will be unveiled in San Francisco City Hall at a free public event on May 22, 2008. The doors will open at 6 PM and the program will start at 7 PM.

Milk served as the Haight’s Supervisor from January 1978 until his assassination, along with Mayor George Moscone, in November of 1978. Harvey was elected under the first iteration of District Elections. He was part of the movement that sought to change City Hall politics from
one dictated solely by big downtown corporations to one that took direction from and addressed the needs and desires of the neighborhoods. Nationally, he is best remembered as one of the first openly Gay elected officials in the United States and is internationally recognized as an important LGBT civil rights figure. Locally he is remembered as, along with Pablo Heising, a co-founder of the Haight Street Fair. He is credited with helping to create a broad based coalition of San Francisco’s disenfranchised that to this day is still the leading force for progressive social and political change.

Harvey will again make history with the unveiling of this sculpture. It will be the first time such a memorial to an openly LGBT person will be placed in a seat of government in the United States. It will also be the first statue in City Hall honoring a member of the Board of Supervisors who did not also serve as Mayor.

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