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|NPR's StoryCorps wants to record stories of Atlanta Eagle raid|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|January 04, 2012 12:45|
StoryCorp, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, is seeking those involved in the raid on the Atlanta Eagle to share their stories.
WABE 90.1 FM reporter Jim Burress posted to Facebook a message asking people interested in sharing their stories of the raid and the fallout to have them preserved in the Library of Congress. WABE is the local NPR affiliate.
"It doesn’t have to be just about what happened that night — it can be about how the night changed you, what the legal victory means to you, what role the raid will play in Atlanta’s LGBT history, etc.," Burress writes in a post on the Eagle Atlanta Raid Facebook page. If interested, send an email to [email protected] or call 678-686-0374.
For the past two years, StoryCorps has also held an Out & OutLoud project as part of Atlanta Pride's Stonewall Week to record and share stories of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.
StoryCorps can be heard on WABE 90.1 FM on Tuesday during Morning Edition at 7:35 a.m., Tuesday during City Café between 12-1 p.m., and Friday during Morning Edition between 6-7 a.m. and 8-9 a.m.
The Atlanta Eagle, a Midtown gay bar, was raided by the Atlanta Police Department on Sept. 10, 2009, after the city received anonymous tips that there was illegal sex and drug use taking place in the bar. Nobody was arrested for illegal sex or drugs but the APD charged eight employees with permit violations.
More than 60 men in the bar that night were forced to the floor and illegally searched and detained by officers. Patrons sued the city of Atlanta in federal court saying their constitutional rights were violated and eventually the city settled for more than $1 million in December 2010.
However, two more lawsuits have been filed against the city that remain pending — one by other patrons of the bar and one by a former bartender. The city also settled in October with employees of the bar for $120,000.
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