In memory of our good friend and neighbor, Harvey Milk. We will always remember with thanks his support and caring. From the children, faculty and parents of Douglas School [with] Harvey O'Milk Supervisor.
[San Francisco]: Circa 1978. 28" x 22-1/4". Two yellow poster boards, holograph title in black marker on the first; white poster board backed in thicker stock, holograph text painted in green with black marker outline. Yellow posters lightly sunned to one edge, with heavy center fold lines, pin holes, light soiling and wear; white poster toned, with tape marks to edges, missing paper overlay to one edge, some chipping, pin holes and separation from backing board. Text clean and legible on all three.
Set of memorial posters presumably made shortly after Harvey Milk's November 27, 1978 assassination by the staff and students at Douglas Elementary School, in the Castro District, with another poster we speculate was also made by students at the school, perhaps for St. Patrick's Day, given that all three have the same provenance. The memorial posters are signed by approximately 150 students, many with both first and last names, but several on the second poster with first names only; those named on the second poster may have been in younger grades. Those children we have been able to trace via birth records have 1968-1970 birthdates, placing them in elementary school in 1978.
According to an article in the Bay Area Reporter (May 18, 1989), Milk worked with a local coalition to keep Douglas School, located on 19th Street, open -- the school earned unsatisfactory reviews in a 1978 report -- and by defeating the Briggs initiative he helped keep gay teachers in California schools. In 1996, the school's name was changed to Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.
A unique combination of ephemera, attesting to both Milk's legacy and the way in which his district's youngest members learned to cope with his death.