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Undesign the Redline Exhibit

Date: Monday, February 6, 2023, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center

Cost: Free

Exhibit experience presented by The Office of Student Life; Center for Belonging and Social Change & the Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center in partnership with the YWCA of Columbus.

Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit that explores the history of structural racism caused by the 1938 redlining maps and how this inequality continues to impact our communities today, focusing on the ways in which we can come together to “undesign” these systems with intentionality. 

Systemic challenges today, like inequalities in housing, education, income, criminal justice, and health are far from separate issues. These challenges are rooted in a deep and entangled history of policies, practices, and processes that remain hidden and misunderstood.  

Undesign the Redline explores these challenges, reframes them as opportunities, and grounds discussions about race, wealth, opportunity, and power in an honest context that is not about guilt and blame.  

This allows everyone to contribute value to the design and development of new projects, partnerships, and decisions that seek to transform communities and move beyond the challenging – and often clouded – situation of our entangled past. 

The Undesign the Redline exhibit travels nationally to cities, towns, and communities. It has been localized for Columbus by a committee of local experts and historians, and it will be here for the next several months so that we can learn together, activate, and mobilize into a strong “we” capable of transformation. 

Viewable at the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center during regular business hours 9am-6pm Monday-Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturdays.

For More Information Contact: Charity Martin-King at



If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Charity Martin-King at or 614-292-2235. Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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