Milk Bust Installed at San Francisco City Hall

A bust of slain gay city Supervisor Harvey Milk was unveiled in a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall on May 22, which would have been his 78th birthday. 

Until now, former mayors have been the only politicians honored with permanent sculptures inside City Hall.

The inscription on the bust's granite base reads, in part: “I ask for the movement to continue because my election gave young people out there hope. You gotta give ‘em hope.”

It is located outside the Board of Supervisors (city council) chambers in a ceremonial rotunda.

“This tribute to Harvey Milk is long overdue,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “It is indeed time for his legacy to be commemorated with a place of honor and distinction in San Francisco's City Hall.”

Milk settled in the Castro district in 1972 and opened a camera store. He went on to pioneer a populist gay-rights movement in the city and, in 1977, was elected to the Board of Supervisors, becoming the third openly gay candidate elected in U.S. history.

He and Mayor George Moscone were shot to death inside City Hall on Nov 27, 1978 by then recently resigned city Supervisor Dan White, who was angry that Moscone wouldn’t let him un-resign and that Milk had lobbied Moscone not to reappoint White.

White's lenient sentence for the killings (seven years and eight months with parole) led to the famed White Night Riots in San Francisco on May 21, 1979.

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