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Washington National Cathedral Stained Glass of Confederates Axed

Washington National Cathedral Stained Glass of Confederates Axed

This stained glass window at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., depicts the life of U.S. Civil War General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 07 September 2017 06:59 AM

Washington National Cathedral stained glass windows that honor Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will be removed after a vote by the church’s leaders.

The Episcopal church board voted overwhelmingly (but not unanimously) to remove the stained glass windows, which depict the two men at various points in their lives and portray them as saintly Christian men.

The Cathedral is somewhat of an official church for the government in Washington, D.C., and many important interfaith ceremonies and services are held there.

According to The Washington Post, the church plans to keep the windows and will try to display them as historically significant, but that it didn’t want to take away from goals of racial reconciliation and justice in light of current events such as the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Washington National Cathedral has been debating the windows’ removal for two years.

“This isn’t simply a conversation about the history of the windows, but a very real conversation in the wider culture about how the Confederate flag and the Old South narrative have been lively symbols today for white supremacists,” Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington Mariann Edgar Budde said, the Post reported.

The stained glass windows were installed in 1953 after donations by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a private donor. About 200 stained glass windows are housed in the historic building.

The action to remove the Confederate stained glass windows from Washington National Cathedral joins a movement that has seen the cities of Baltimore and New Orleans and organizations such as the University of Texas at Austin remove confederate statues and monuments, while others are considering removing them and still others think they should remain to remind citizens of history they don’t want to repeat.

Twitter users were fairly well split on the issue.

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