Washington National Cathedral will remove stained glass windows honoring Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee & Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson

The Washington National Cathedral will remove two stained glass windows honoring Confederate generals as they are acting as a ‘barrier to our important work on racial justice and racial reconciliation’.

The windows being removed depict Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson commanding an army and looking through binoculars with a Confederate flag in one of the windows.

Removal of the windows has been in discussion since the racially charged shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years ago.

h/t JEH

  • BillyHW

    I prefer my churches Catholic, where the stained glass has pictures of the saints.

    • shasta

      I prefer older churches where I get a sense of history and continuity of the people of the parish. This eliminates almost all churches built after mid 20th century and prioritizes those built in the 19th century or earlier.

  • shasta

    I would be more upset about this if the windows were older, but apparently they were put in in 1953. I would have thought at that time they should have been honouring WWII or Korean war heroes. Still – it is another example of the American Taliban at work.

    • andycanuck

      They did (see the War Memorial windows in particular):

      And the Lee and Jackson windows, while I’m sure were donated by Southern sympathizers, include their service as U.S. Army officers including Lee being superintendent at West Point, and Jackson’s service at the V.M.I., etc.