The Pathway of Justice at Washington Gladden Social Justice Park Dedicated in October

On Sunday, October 24, a group of roughly 100 Columbus civic and religious leaders led by Rev. Tim Ahrens gathered to dedicate the Pathway of Justice at the Washington Gladden Social Justice Park downtown.

Since the park opened in October 2018, 37 blue stones have been installed, creating a walkway. Each stone is etched with quotations from notable local and national individuals dedicated to social justice. The stones form a pattern based on a modified Morse code that, when solved, itself bears a social justice message.

The park was conceived as a way to spur community action on social justice issues in Columbus and nationally. Visitors to the park are encouraged to walk the path, reflecting on the words.

The Pathway of Justice stones feature quotes from luminaries including:

  • Marian Wright Edelman, founder of Children’s Defense Fund
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State great
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Rev. James Poindexter, civil rights leader and former Columbus City Councilman
  • Columbus Artist Aminah Robinson
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Bill Willis, Sr., former Ohio State player and among the first African-American football players of the modern era

The Pathway has room for up to 60 stones, 23 of which are still available. Individuals can apply for and purchase a stone to be dedicated to a deserving individual; the cost is $3,000. Individuals may partner together to purchase a stone.