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Undesign the Redline exhibit features research projects by WCHS students

Undesign the Redline exhibit features research projects by WCHS students

Undesign the Redline, a national traveling exhibit aimed at educating communities about the impact of the historic policy known as redlining, will be on display at Otterbein University’s Stichweh Gallery through Dec. 17. 

YWCA Columbus brought the traveling national exhibit to the area and created a committee of local experts to supplement it with historical documents, maps and local context. 

Another addition to the exhibit: panels created by Westerville Central High School students that display months of their research on how redlining in Columbus during the 1930s has impacted their community in Westerville. 

WCHS junior Najah Mohamed examined the history of the 1986 Win-Win school districting agreement, while senior Carolina Bushong conducted oral histories from students of color in the first graduating class at Westerville Central in the early 2000s. Junior Mia Neibarger collected oral histories of residents from the Huber Ridge neighborhood and senior Malcolm Poindexter examined the historic use of restrictive covenants in Westerville City Schools.

Dr. Glennon Sweeney, senior research associate with The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; and Derek Burtch, a Westerville North High School alum who teaches English at Olentangy High School and founded the nonprofit Erase the Space, worked with WCHS students on their local history research projects since the summer.

Students will discuss their research during the Undesign the Redline public reception from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Stichweh Gallery, 33 Collegeview Road. Local artist Queen Brooks will share her memories of growing up on the east side of Columbus before it was decimated by the construction of I-71 in the 1960s.

Otterbein University and Westerville Public Library are co-sponsoring the exhibit's appearance in Westerville. 

  • Westerville Central High School
  • Westerville City Schools

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