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Legacy Walk

The Legacy Walk is an outdoor public display in Chicago, Illinois, USA which celebrates LGBT history and people. According to its website, it is "the world's only outdoor museum walk and youth education program dedicated to combating anti-gay bullying by celebrating LGBT contributions to history."[1] It is the world's largest collection of such monuments.[2]


Members (all are featured on plaques)Edit

Name Year of Induction[3][4][5][6][7][8]


Jane Addams 2012
Alvin Ailey 2012
Reinaldo Arenas 2012
James Baldwin 2012
Margaret Chung 2012
Barbara Gittings 2012
Keith Haring 2012
Barbara Jordan 2012
Christine Jorgensen 2012
Frida Kahlo 2012
Alfred Kinsey 2012
Leonard Matlovich 2012
Harvey Milk 2012
Antonia Pantoja 2012
Bayard Rustin 2012
Alan Turing 2012
Two-Spirit people 2012
Oscar Wilde 2012
Ruth Ellis 2013
Lorraine Hansberry 2013 This makes her the first Chicago native honored along the Northalsted Corridor [4]
Frank Kameny 2013
Tom Waddell 2013
Walt Whitman 2013
Mychal Judge 2014
David Kato 2014
Audre Lorde 2014
Cole Porter 2014
Sally Ride 2014
Stonewall riots 2014 This is the only event included
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias 2014
Josephine Baker 2015
Leonard Bernstein 2015
Rudolf Nureyev 2015
Billy Strayhorn 2015
The Pink Triangle 2015
Sylvia Rivera 2016
Vito Russo 2016


The Legacy Project was inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt when it was displayed for the first time at the National March on Washington for GLBT Civil Rights in 1987 as the beginning of an LGBT history project and museum. In 1991, the City of Chicago instituted the first Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, recognizing both Chicago LGBT history and international history. A few years later, a "Rainbow Pylon" [9] was installed as a streetscape art project on North Halsted Street, part of the "Northalsted Corridor," the nexus of the Chicago LGBT community. This became the impetus for extending the installation into a history walk that toured through the area, which became the Legacy Walk. The inaugural dedication of the kiosks and plaques took place on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2012.[10][11][12]


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