Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced he will induct the late Reverend Dr. Washington Gladden, former Columbus Police Chief James G. Jackson, former Columbus Fire Captain Lana Moore, and Kathleen H. Ransier into the Columbus Hall of Fame. For years, the Columbus Hall of Fame has honored outstanding individuals who, through exemplary accomplishments, have gained national recognition for themselves and have brought credit to this city.
The Reverend Dr. Washington Gladden was a religious leader, civic leader, social reformer and a nationally-known author, speaker and hymn writer. Often known as the Prophet of the Social Gospel movement, he applied his religious faith to the great social issues of the day and advocated for rights of all people. The Washington Gladden Social Justice Park – the first park in the nation dedicated to the theme of social justice – will open later this month in his honor.
Chief James G. Jackson served in the Columbus Division of Police for 51 years and became the city’s first African-American police chief when he was appointed in 1990. Chief Jackson was an active proponent of equal opportunities for all. He had a long and remarkable career and served with honor, integrity and distinction. The James G. Jackson Columbus Police Academy was renamed as a tribute to Chief Jackson who dedicated his life to the Division of Police and the residents of Columbus.
Captain Lana Moore, a third generation fire fighter, is a 35-year veteran of the City of Columbus Division of Fire. She received the Fire Distinguished Service Award as an Honor Guard Commander for 20 years of service on the Division Honor Guard marching and firing squad. In 2008, Captain Moore came out as openly transgender and transitioned on the job from male to female. In October 2011, she received the Fire Service Award of Merit. After her retirement in 2016, Lana focused her voice and talents on educating audiences about the transgender community, speaking across the state and the nation.
Kathy Ransier’s dedication to her community is exceptional. She unselfishly gives her time, talent and treasure to many civic organizations, educational institutions and nonprofits and has been a trailblazer for women and African-Americans in the legal profession and on nonprofit and corporate boards. Throughout her career, while actively practicing law, she founded and served the boards of more than 25 central Ohio non-profit and business community boards.
The 2018 inductees will be officially inducted into the Columbus Hall of Fame at a ceremony later this month.