A wax figure of slain gay icon Harvey Milk was unveiled Thursday (June 26) at the opening of the Madame Tussauds San Francisco section.
Stuart Milk, Milk’s nephew, was on hand to unveil the figure. Milk’s likeness will be included in a special section of the museum that will also feature Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other local celebrities.
“My uncle Harvey always talked about being your ‘authentic self’,” Milk said in a news release. “What Madame Tussauds has created is the definition of ‘authentic’. Harvey would have been proud — and tickled — to be honored this way, especially, on the week of Gay Pride in his hometown of San Francisco.”
A Madame Tussauds news release said, “The attraction will celebrate San Francisco’s most loved figures and landmarks through the use of dedicated ‘Spirit of San Francisco’ room. As with all Madame Tussauds, there will be no ropes or barriers so visitors are able to get close, examine and even touch the incredible detail and artistry of these intricate, lifelike wax figures.”
Milk became the first openly gay elected official in both California and San Francisco when he won a seat on the city’s Board of Supervisors in November 1977. A year later he was assassinated inside City Hall along with then-Mayor George Moscone by disgruntled former supervisor Dan White.
The exhibit opens at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Madame Tussauds is located at 145 Jefferson Street at Fisherman’s Wharf.
For ticket prices and other information, visit http://www.madametussauds.com/SanFrancisco/.