Washington Gladden

Visit the park and see the current mural exhibit that introduces you to Columbus Social Justice Legends. Walk along the Pathway of Justice to read inspiring quotes of social justice leaders from near and far. See the award-winning sculpture – Our Single Garment of Destiny that is based upon a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote from his Letter from Birmingham Jail. Because of its unique design, it becomes nearly invisible when viewed at a specific angle representing those with special needs who have become invisible to society.

Special Announcement

Mark your calendars! In the week that we’ve celebrated Earth Day, more than 40 trees – including elm, hornbeam, redbud, cherry, and Japanese maple – will be dedicated at 2p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Washington Gladden Social Justice Park, 404 E. Broad Street, next door to First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. These trees have been given in honor or in remembrance of a variety of people. They help to beautify the unique Social Justice Park while supporting the City’s Urban Forestry Masterplan. All are welcome to attend this brief ceremony.

Park Dedication

The park is named after Rev. Dr. Washington Gladden, a Columbus community leader who was viewed as the father of the Social Gospel Movement.  At the turn of the 20th Century, he was one of the nation’s leading advocates for social justice including civil rights, workers’ rights, voting rights, religious pluralism, school integration, and the needs of the poor and oppressed.  

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