May 1, 2024 - News

Up Stairs Lounge plaque stolen

Photos show two photos of the building that housed the Up Stair Lounge. One is from 1973 on the night of the deadly fire and the other is a recent photo of the French Quarter building.

(Left) The night an arsonist attacked the Up Stairs Lounge at 604 Iberville Street in 1973, killing 32 people. (Right) A recent view of the French Quarter building. Photos: Bettmann/Contributor for Getty, Deisenbe/Wikimedia Commons

The plaque commemorating the Up Stairs Lounge fire was stolen, New Orleans police said yesterday.

Why it matters: The intentionally set fire at a French Quarter gay bar killed 32 people and injured 15.

  • It was the deadliest attack on U.S. soil against the LGBTQ+ community until the Orlando Pulse nightclub mass shooting in 2016.

See a picture of the plaque, which was embedded in the sidewalk.

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