The-Mildred

The Mildred, Newport for London with basic slag, struck under Gurnards Head at midnight on the 6th April 1912, whilst in dense fog. She swung broadside and was pounding heavily when Captain Larcombe, the mate, two Irishmen, one Welshman and a Mexican from Vera Cruz rowed into St. Ives at 6am. They later returned in a pilot gig but the Mildred was already going to pieces.

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The first known appearance of “Adam and Steve” came in 1977, in what would become its natural habitat: a picket sign at an anti-gay rally. This particular protest brought 15,000 “pro-family” spectators to an arena in Houston, where burgeoning Religious Right icons like Phyllis Schlafly and National Right to Life Committee founder Mildred Jefferson railed against homosexuality, abortion and the National Women’s Conference happening five miles away. […]

Whoever wrote the slogan was probably going for a snappier take on “If God had wanted homosexuals, he would have created Adam and Freddy,” which was scrawled by a San Francisco graffiti artist in 1970 and parroted by anti-gay activist Anita Bryant (who swapped out “Freddy” for “Bruce”) in People magazine in 1977.

The Surprising History of the Phrase ‘Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve,’ by Zach Schonfeld for Newsweek. Fun little history read that made me smile. 

A trio of social justice leaders recently visited One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North: longtime NAACP​ activist and civil rights leader Mildred Bond Roxborough; NAACP President & CEO Cornell Brooks; and photographer and NAACP supporter Carol Friedman. NAACP members receive free admission to MoMA during the run of One-Way Ticket. Show your NAACP member card at the Information Desk to redeem the offer. See Lawrence’s Migration Series and watch video interviews with scholars, poets, and artists on the exhibition website. 

[Photo courtesy of Carol Friedman]