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Stonewall Veteran 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible Still Flies Rainbow Flag After 40 Years

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A reader recently pointed out that the DOTS 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille convertible is actually a '70. How did he know that? Because he owns the most famous 1969 Cadillac DeVille convertible in the world!

Not only that, but Williamson Henderson also pointed out- correctly- that there is no such thing as a Coupe DeVille convertible; only two-door hardtops were so named. So, I was wrong on the year and wrong on the name of the car; sorry about that, Cadillac lovers! During the course of my Cadillac history lesson, I learned a bit more about Mr. Henderson's car, which is known throughout the LGBT world as the "Stonewall Cadillac," and this Cad has quite a story:


Back in 1969, a routine-harassment-of-gays police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City touched off the not-so-routine Stonewall Riots. Henderson was there, and his brand-new DeVille was parked in front of the bar. It was spared any damage in the chaos that followed, the police impounded it, and since then the legend of the Stonewall Cadillac has continued to grow. These days it's pretty much a parade car, getting plenty of duty in the annual NYC Gay Pride parade and other events. Check out the Stonewall Rebellion Veterans' Association site for the whole story.