Believed to be the world's only cemetery with a dedicated LGBT section, Historic Congressional Cemetery in southeast DC is the final resting place for 65,000 souls who are buried six feet below.
Although earlier LGBT burials are located at HCC, the so-called "gay corner" began in 1988 when gay rights advocate and Vietnam Veteran Leonard Matlovich made the decision to be interred at HCC. Matlovich is most known for his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine in his Air Force uniform with the headline "I am a homosexual." His decision to make HCC his eternal home inspired a generation of LGBT activists to make their final resting place here as well. Today, HCC is an active cemetery and the future site of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit LGBT Veterans Memorial.
This tour will debut later in the summer for the general public, but our special Obscura Day preview will be led by Jeff Rollins.
Location: Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street Southeast
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Notes for this adventure:
- A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Congressional Cemetery.
- This walking tour is about a mile, so please wear comfortable shoes and water.
- Share photos on Twitter and Instagram with us @atlasobscura, @CongCemetery with the hashtag #ObscuraDay
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