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Legacy Wall Honoring LGBTQ Figures Installed On IU Campus

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Monday night marked the first appearance of the Legacy Project in Indiana. The Legacy Wall was installed last night at the Indiana University Memorial Union in Bloomington.

The wall features pictures and biographies of famous artists, musicians, actors, political figures, and social activists who were part of the LGBTQ community.

Chicago native Victor Salvo is the founder of the Legacy Project. He says after creating a couple of smaller displays, he wanted to make a traveling exhibit to spread the message that LGBTQ people have made significant contributions to world history.

"We had finally realized after doing this for a couple of years that the power of bringing this message into communities where it would normally not be found became really overwhelming," Salvo says.

A reception followed the debut of the wall, which is an extension of the Legacy Walk - a permanent outdoor installation in Chicago dedicated to historically significant LGBTQ figures.

This is the fourteenth installation of the wall since its creation in early 2015. More than 65,000 people have seen the exhibit.

"Some people stand there and weep because they didn’t think they’d ever live long enough to see something like this come into existence," Salvo says. "People come back four and five times because there’s so much content."

His favorite part of the project though isn’t just the wall. It's the Legacy Project Education Initiative, a series of digitally interactive lesson plans about the historical figures accessible through a smartphone.

The platform allows people all over the country to access the information, but Salvo says his target audience is young people in the LGBTQ community who feel they lack role models.

"This entire project was created to answer questions for young people who desperately need to understand a context for why they exist and for what people like them have contributed," Salvo says.

The exhibit can be found in the Indiana Memorial Union through Feb. 3.

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