A group of activists held the first organized civil rights demonstrations in front of Independence Hall and Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965. Photo © Mattachine Society.
Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center (IVCC) is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region and is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, and the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania. IVCC operates in cooperation with the efforts of the National Park Service, Visit Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Philadelphia, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2015, IVCC received a Center grant to create The Pursuit: 50 Years In The Fight for LGBT Rights, a documentary film project, produced in collaboration with WHYY and Equality Forum, that will illuminate the 50-year history and progress of the LGBTQ civil rights movement.