Friday, July 31, 2009

California Collision: Harvey Milk's Camera Shop

Yesterday afternoon the White House announced that 16 people, including the late Jack Kemp, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Gay rights activist and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who along with Mayor George Moscone was assassinated in 1978 by Dan White, will also posthumously receive a Presidential Medal.

I was planning to write about Milk a little bit later in my California Collision series, but I think the timing is better today.

On my last evening in the City by the Bay, I journeyed to the Castro District, which is synonymous with gay San Francisco.

Pictured on top is a painting of Milk on the second story of of his old store, Castro Camera. It's now a gift store. His shop doubled as a political headquarters for Milk's numerous political campaigns and rights' initiatives.

Next: Fisherman's Wharf

Related post:

Jack Kemp, RIP

Earlier California Collision posts:

San Francisco's Union Square
The Painted Ladies
San Francisco and the military
Mission San Francisco de Asís
San Francisco's sea lions
San Francisco's blues mural
San Francisco: Cable cars

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