Outposts

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This work explores how the presence of three historically Black churches in Columbus, Ohio serves as markers, referencing the displacement of Black people in a neighborhood once known as Bronzeville, a small part of what is now downtown Columbus, due to the construction of the interstate system (I-71). The historic Black churches in this area including St. Paul AME Church, the first African American congregation in Columbus, Ohio, serve as indications of the Black populations living in the Downtown area when the highways, and institutions, such as Columbus State Community College, were built. Even now, the highway serves as a means of separating the Black community from Downtown and demonstrates the complexity of and the complications that come with a social system heavily dependent on race.