National Cathedral Commissions Kerry James Marshall to Design New Stained-Glass Windows, Replacing Confederate Images

30/9/2021

Washington National Cathedral has commissioned Kerry James Marshall to design new racial justice-themed windows. This installation will replace the stained-glass windows featuring images of the Confederate flag, Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson that had been removed in 2017. Inscribed in stone, the window installation will be accompanied by a new poem by Elizabeth Alexander.

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, said in a statement, “We’re excited to share a new and more complete story, to tell the truth about our past and to lift up who we aspire to be as a nation.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2023. The Cathedral said the new windows will be a permanent part of the institution’s ‘sacred iconography.’

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