Documenting the 2016 Orlando Tragedy and Its Consequences

This is the story of the attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. Created by Stonewall National Museum & Archives as part of the Stonewall National Education Project, the exhibition remembers the forty-nine lives lost, places the tragedy in the context of recurring violence against marginalized communities throughout American history, highlights the overwhelming and awe-inspiring response of the nation and the world, and then invites us to stand up to hate while celebrating our diversity.

Designed for schools, community centers, and public venues, the exhibition is accompanied by a leader’s guide with suggested discussion topics. Learn more at


Stonewall National Library in the ArtServe Building
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Stonewall National Museum & Archives is pleased to announce the exhibition, The Orlando 49: Documenting the 2016 Orlando Tragedy and Its Consequences. The exhibit is free to view at the Stonewall National Library and open 11 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday; 10 am – 5 pm Saturdays; Closed on Sundays.

Orlando 49 Project

In response to the recent tragedy in Orlando, we have created a collection to house artifacts from remembrance vigils and events such as memorial materials, ephemeral (temporary) signs, flyers, and victim information from across the country. For more information about this effort or to donate physical items, read more at


Chris Rudisill
Stonewall National Museum & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Attn: Pulse Nightclub


SNMA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American society. We understand that these items are of a personal nature and take great pride in our work and the responsibility of safeguarding them for posterity and historical and educational value for generations to come. SNMA  has been in operation for over 42 years and currently maintains a collection that represents more than a century of LGBT history. The professionally catalogued collection is maintained according to strict conservation and archival standards and used by community leaders, writers, researchers, historians and the general public.

The fine print: SNMA reserves the right to accept or decline to accept any items. Acquisition, disposal and loan activities conform to its mission and public trust responsibilities are at the sole discretion of SNMA following receipt of items. Ownership of items becomes that of Stonewall National Museum & Archives at time of receipt. A deed of gift can be sent upon request. Display and curation of exhibitions related to donations are at the discretion of SNMA and not guaranteed. Some items are often used for research purposes only. For more information call 954-763-8565 or visit

Rise, Strong, Unite, Pride, Love


The Venue Orlando
511 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL

American vernacular memorial art helps to unite our community while offering the public a meaningful and lasting cultural heritage. Stonewall National Museum & Archives is proud to add a beautiful memorial created by artists Brian Reaume and Lorenzo Doyle to our permanent collection. The piece was sponsored by Rob Wagner and Exile Bar, and serves as the first major addition to SNMA in memorial to the victims of the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Residents of Columbus, OH added messages of love, hope and unity to the panels before Reaume and Doyle drove it to Orlando.

Statement from the Executive Director

JUNE 12, 2016

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) stands with other LGBTQ and national organizations today in condemning the actions of the terrorist who brutally killed innocent members of our community in the worst mass shooting in American history earlier today in Orlando, Fla.

Today, we also remember those countless attacks, from the brutal fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1973 to the constant threat of gun violence against trans people that continues to increase each year. We honor those who helped victims in the early morning hours at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando today, from innocent bystanders of the violence to first responders, police, fire, and rescue workers, and we pray for the medical personnel who continue to work diligently to save those in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are foremost with the families and friends of the victims, and we stand strong with the community of Orlando as they come away from this tragedy.

This LGBT Pride season requires that we remain vigilant and together. We demand that the country take serious the threat of violence on our community and that of gun violence which affects us all. To not do so is irresponsible and disrespects the lives that were lost today along with those who have fought for our freedoms throughout the LGBTQ Rights Movement.

May your hearts remain full, may we learn from today, and may we never forget the lives lost today. #PrayForOrlando


Chris Rudisill
Executive Director
Stonewall National Museum & Archives