Depiction of the future Washington Gladden Social Justice Park.

The first park in the nation dedicated to the theme of social justice – bringing Columbus together to build the path to a better future through art, education, and constructive dialogue.  Located at Broad and Cleveland in the heart of the Discovery District – just a few blocks from the Ohio Statehouse.  Visit the park and see the current exhibit that introduces you to Columbus social justice pioneers.

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 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.  


Park Dedication Day Ceremony – October 28, 2018                                                                        Photo by Mark Brown

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