Stonewall Park Records
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In 1983, Reno gay activist Fred Schoonmaker and his African-American husband, Alfred Parkinson, conceived a series of efforts to establish a gay town in Nevada known as Stonewall Park, named for the 1969 New York riots that marked the beginning of the fight for gay equality. Schoonmaker and Parkinson attempted three times between 1984 and 1987 to found Stonewall Park: first, in the small town of Silver Springs in Lyon County, midway between Carson City and Fallon on U. S. Highway 50; second, in the famous ghost town of Rhyolite just west of Beatty, Nevada in Nye County; and, finally, on a former ranch at Thunder Mountain in Pershing County, between Lovelock and Winnemucca. The material in this collection includes news clippings and ephemera about Stonewall Park, as well as financial records and ancillary documents detailing bankruptcies and litigation associated with the Stonewall Park project. Much of this material is copied from MS 1990-15 (Fred Schoonmaker Papers), held at the Museum of GLBT History in San Francisco, CA.
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