CONVERSATIONS: Industrial Damages–Lead Poisoning’s Long Legacy and Industry’s Role in Decay
When: Thursday, Nov 17th, 7:00 PM Conversation: Industrial Damages: Lead Poisoning’s Long Legacy and Industry’s Role in Decay (lecture free with MOCA admission)
Discussion Partner: MOCA Exhibit Curators and Scott Frank, MD, MS, Director, Master of Public Health Program, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Director, Shaker Heights Health Department
Where: Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) + Special Exhibit, “Anders Ruhwald: Unit 1: 3583 Dubois”—Detroit, destruction, and the loss of place and history
Lead poisoning. Today, we might think of Flint, Michigan and the ecological disaster unfolding. But in fact, many cities still suffer from industrial damages, and Cleveland is no exception. After all, we are the home of the burning river—and the “Cleveland Disaster” (a liquid gas fire that claimed many lives).
Cleveland grew from 4000 when incorporated in 1836 to an industrial colossus of 900,000 by 1930, propelled by an oil boom, iron ore and coal shipping on the Great Lakes. With this astonishing growth, Clevelanders faced profound challenges making the city a healthy place to live. Industry improved the city’s status, but polluted the water, the land, the air—and introduced lead into the ecosystem. As so often happens, poor, urban workers suffered most. What did Clevelander’s do to combat this problem? And in what ways are we still paying for those years of dumping and drainage—socially, medically, and economically? Come learn about an industrial legacy of decay that we still battle today, and about the ways Cleveland sought to rise again from the ashes!
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