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.
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.