Pioneering LGBTQ+ activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will soon be honored with monuments in New York City. New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray announced the builds—billed as the first public art monuments in the world to honor trans women—at a press conference yesterday (May 30).

Standing at a podium that read “Trans Dignity, Trans History,” the McCray said that from their leading role at the Stonewall uprising—which marks its 50th anniversary this June 28—to their revolutionary work supporting transgender and gender nonconforming youth, Johnson and Rivera charted a path for all the activists who came after them.

“Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were unapologetic about who they were at a time when living their truth meant arrests, beatings, unemployment and homelessness,” McClain said. “They were social justice warriors who never stopped fighting for liberation.”

The yet-to-be commissioned statutes will be erected on Christopher Street and are part of the city’s 2018 She Built NYC campaign, which seeks to honor trailblazing women via monuments in every borough.

Illustration: Courtesy of Mayor Bill de Blasio, via Twitter (@NYCMayor) Sylvia Rivera. Illustration of bust for monument. Sylvia Rivera, along with trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, was the co-founder of STAR, an NYC organization that supported and housed transgender youth.

At the press conference, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio talked about the recent murders of three Black transgender women—Muhlaysia Booker, Claire Legato and Michelle “Tamika” Washington—as a call to activism, saying they will not be forgotten.

This year, World Pride collides with the Stonewall anniversary. Actress Angelica Ross (“Pose”), who serves as an ambassador for anniversary celebrations, emphasized that activists didn’t just dream of a day when trans freedom fighters would be recognized, but that they worked to make that day happen. “It has been healing to witness statues and symbols of White supremacy come down and symbols of strength and courage like that of Marsha and Sylvia go up,” Ross said.

Watch the video of the full press conference:

Many tweeted their support of the project: