Marsha P. Johnson Monument

In August of 2020, the family of Elizabeth native and LGBTQ+ civil rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, in partnership with Union County Freeholders, City of Elizabeth officials, Garden State Equality and the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs announced this site as the home of a future monument honoring Marsha’s legacy.

The family of Elizabeth native & LGBTQ+ Civil Rights activist Marsha P. Johnson was joined by Union County Freeholders Sergio Granados, Rebecca Williams & LGBTQ+ advocates to announce the future site of a public monument on Freedom Trail in the City of Elizabeth in Johnson’s honor. The monument is anticipated to be the first public monument in the State of New Jersey to honor a LGBTQ+ person & transgender woman of color.

Marsha P. Johnson was an outspoken and prominent figure in the modern gay liberation movement, tireless advocate for homeless LGBTQ young people rejected by their families, those affected by H.I.V. and AIDS, and other marginalized groups. At 23, she was a leader in the monumental Stonewall Uprising of 1969. After Stonewall, Marsha was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, an activist with ACT UP, and a co-founder of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, or S.T.A.R., along with close friend and trans activist Sylvia Rivera.

In partnership with the family of Marsha P. Johnson, Union County Freeholders, City of Elizabeth officials, and Garden State Equality, the Office of LGBTQ Affairs will host a series of events during LGBTQ History Month (October, 2020) to engage with the community and the public to participate in the planning and creating of the historic project.