Finally Get the Plaque It Deserves
At the front of what had been gay icon Harvey Milk's camera store, and de facto community center, I asked a simple question: "Where the plaque to commemorate the historical significance of Harvey's shop?"
Brett broke laughing when he heard my words. "We're standing on it," he said.
Damn, with all the size queens in this town, I would have thought Harvey would have easily merited a large historical sign at the camera shop. But whatever the process was that created the pitifully small bronze marker in the sidewalk that hardly anyone notices, it didn't get the job done.
That should soon well change, and I've done my part to complain (like one should ever think I can't complain!), about the injustice of the current puny plaque.
The Bay Area Reporter's blog on Friday ran a piece by Matthew Bajko, detailing plans on the part of the Castro's gay Supervisor. From the BAR:
Last July local gay blogger Michael Petrelis did a walking tour of the Castro and photographed various LGBT historical markers in the city’s gayborhood. Among his collection that he posted to his blog was the the bronze marker the city placed in front of the building where slain gay rights leader Supervisor Harvey Milk had his camera shop and campaign headquarters on Castro Street.And here is my photo of the mural of Harvey that beautifies the street from its perch above the entrance to the store:
The plaque (seen in above photo) is “almost-impossible to read,” wrote Petrelis. “One has to really be looking to notice it.”
That could soon change if out Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who holds the seat Milk once served in at City Hall, achieves his goal of laying in the ground a far larger – and more noticeable to passersby – historical marker this spring.
As part of the city’s celebrations of the state’s first official Harvey Milk Day on May 22 – timed to coincide with Milk’s birthday – Dufty would like to unveil a new sidewalk plaque in front of the store at 575 Castro Street, now home to gift shop Given.
“Since the film so many people come looking for Harvey’s camera store. The current sidewalk plaque is the size of a piece of paper,” said Dufty [...] “A lot of people miss it. I thought what a great opportunity to make the plaque more visible and to use the plaque to draw attention to the mural on the second floor.” [...]
Let's hope we are all standing around the old Milk camera store on Castro Street this May for the unveiling of a new, bigger plaque in the sidewalk.