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Posted on: September 1, 2023

Undesign the Redline

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The Worthington Libraries in partnership with the City of Worthington, Worthington Community Relations Commission, Worthington Historical Society, Worthington Schools, and Erase the Space are excited to host Undesign the Redline here in Worthington.  The Undesign the Redline exhibit travels nationally to cities, towns, and communities, and was brought to Columbus by the YWCA.  It has been localized for Columbus by a committee of local experts and historians, and Worthington-specific panels will be added for further context by Worthington partners. Read more about Worthington's history on Worthington Memory.

The exhibit explores the history and impact of decades of discriminatory housing practices in Worthington and central Ohio, specifically the practice of redlining.  Visitors will be able to learn more about the history of structural racism caused by the 1938 federal redlining maps and how this inequality continues to impact our communities today.  These maps, which were color-codes, often outlined areas containing Black populations in red, and were deemed the riskiest for mortgages.  This long-ago inequality continues to affect our communities today, but Undesign the Redline focuses on the ways we can "undesign" these systems together.

The exhibit can be viewed starting September 1, 2023, through October 31, 2023, in the Old Worthington Library's Popular Library (main floor).   


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