WASHINGTON, DC – The National Cathedral is in the process of removing two stained glass windows that show Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
The Cathedral Chapter voted Tuesday to immediately remove both windows. Through a statement the cathedral says it believes that these windows are not consistent with their current mission to serve as a house of prayer to everyone, but it’s also a barrier to work on racial justice and racial reconciliation.
“Their association with racial oppression, human subjugation and white supremacy does not belong in the sacred fabric of this Cathedral,” the cathedral said in a statement Wednesday.
DCW50 has learned the windows will be deconsecrated, removed, conserved and stored until the cathedral can determine “a more appropriate future.” In the meantime, the window openings will be covered until the cathedral determines what will go in its place.
The calls for removal started two years ago following the deadly shooting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. According to the National Cathedral, since then the cathedral has gotten the community engaged in a dialogue about racial justice and the legacy of slavery.