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Civil Rights Hero Leonard Matlovich Dedicates Memorial to Harvey Milk in Washington DC

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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2009

Leonard Matlovich & Ken McPherson conceived of the idea of the Never Forget Foundation whose goal was to create public memorials to LGBT heroes in the same fashion as there are for countless nongay heroes.

The first subject was Harvey Milk, and this dedication ceremony was one of the main events at the 1987 LGBT March on Washington, attended by the Whos Who of the movement. Although Harvey had been cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean, Scott Smith, his former partner and heir, gave Leonard a few mementos that had belonged to Harvey. The plan was to eventually entomb these beneath a monument in Congressional Cemetery where Leonard had already placed his stone honoring all gay veterans.. Sadly, he passed before enough money could be raised to complete the Milk project.

The narrator misidentifies the year as 1986, and Harvey's office—he was, of course, a San Francisco City Supervisor not a Congressman.

www.leonardmatlovich.com

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