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National Cathedral Unveils Racial Justice-Themed Windows, Replacing Confederate Ones

Six years after two stained-glass windows that honored Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson were taken down, the Washington National Cathedral has unveiled the pair of windows that are taking their place.

The windows, titled “Now and Forever,” were created by artist Kerry James Marshall and center around racial justice. The images show a group of protesters marching in different directions and holding up large signs that read “Fairness” and “No Foul Play.”

The new windows “lift up the values of justice and fairness and the ongoing struggle for equality among all God’s great children,” the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, the cathedral’s dean, said on Saturday at the unveiling.

He said the previous windows “were offensive and they were a barrier to the ministry of this cathedral and they were antithetical to our call to be a house of prayer for all people.”