DC News | WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - Two stained glass windows at the Washington National Cathedral are at the center of a debate. The Cathedral’s dean says it is time for the windows to come down because they include Confederate flags, a symbol of racism to some. The windows on the church’s south side were installed more than 60 years ago to honor Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
“It was meant as a symbol of reconciliation, the north and south had come back together and we were all united…the question now– is what was appropriate in 1953 still appropriate in 2015?” says Kevin Eckstrom, Cathedral spokesperson.
It’s unclear what the cost would be to replace the windows. One idea is removing them and putting them on display in a light box. Their potential removal comes at a time when the Cathedral still has more than 20 million dollars in earthquake repairs to make.
The decision, which may not come until the end of the year will be made by a Cathedral group, similar to a board of directors.
The Revered Gary Hall will talk about the windows in his sermon this Sunday. http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/06/washington-national-cathedral-is-at-the-center-of-a-confederate-flag-debate–115091.html | via WJLA News