Amid debate around the country about the removal of Confederate monuments, the Washington National Cathedral is considering removing two 8-by-4-foot stained glass windows installed in the 1950s and sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy that depict and memorialize Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, according to NBC 4 reports.
The church previously planned to decide on their removal next summer.
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“The events in Charlottesville have certainly added a sense of urgency that wasn’t there before,” the church’s spokesperson Kevin Eckstrom told NBC.
“We have two choices: one is to remove the windows, or the other is to somehow contextualize them. We’re looking at both to see which one makes the most sense for this cathedral. But one thing’s for sure: those windows won’t remain in their current place in their current context. Something is going to change,” he added.
“The cathedral leadership voted unanimously that the Confederate battle flag was an image of hatred and oppression and had no place in the cathedral,” Eckstrom told NBC, referring to when the church removed a Confederate flag from the stained glass windows following the 2015 Charleston, S.C., church massacre.
The Hill added:
Confederate monuments around the country have been vandalized or removed by city governments in the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville. Last week, the city of Baltimore removed four statues in the middle of the night, while protesters in Durham, N.C., toppled a statue while police watched.