Friday, September 8, 2017

Washington National Cathedral to remove windows honoring Confederate generals

By Adelle M. Banks
Stained-glass windows honoring Confederate Generals Robert Lee and Stonewall Jackson will be removed from the Washington National Cathedral. In August 2016, the cathedral quietly removed the panels depicting the Confederate flag and replaced them with red and blue panes to match surrounding glass. Photo courtesy of Washington National Cathedral
WASHINGTON, DC---Following “considerable prayer and discussion” prompted by last month’s white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., Washington National Cathedral has decided to remove stained-glass windows honoring two Confederate generals. The leadership of the landmark church in the nation’s capital had planned to spend a lengthy period discussing race-related issues before deciding what to do with the windows. That plan was made after the fatal shooting of nine members of a Bible study group at a black church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. But a statement released Wednesday (Sept. 6) said that “after considerable prayer and discussion,” the cathedral’s board, or chapter, voted a day earlier “to immediately remove the windows.” [More]