About the Show
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall Riots, as they came to be known, marked the state of the modern gay rights movement in the US and around the world. This documentary draws upon eyewitness accounts and rare archival material to bring this pivotal event to life. Based on the book by David Carter, Stonewall Riots is produced by Kate Davis and Davie Heilbroner.