The National Cathedral in Washington, DC, announced Thursday that it had selected a black artist to design stained glass windows to replace southern-image windows removed from the church in 2017.
The cathedral announced Thursday that Kerry James Marshall, an artist of African-American descent, would design the windows. They will show the “African American struggle for justice” and equality.
“We are excited to share a new and more complete story, to tell the truth about our past and to elevate who we want to be as a nation,” said Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, the dean of Washington National Cathedral said in a press release.
Marshall was a former University of Illinois-Chicago professor and is well-known for his paintings of American black life.
“This project isn’t just a job — I don’t need the work — or just a piece of art. Marshall stated in a press release from the cathedral that it was a kind of a calling. “The themes that the Cathedral Committee put forward presented a great challenge to me as an artist and as a black American man. The goal is to make really meaningful additions to an already rich and beautiful institution, to truly embrace the changes they have embraced.” worth the effort.”
Marshall’s new design replaced windows with images depicting Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the windows were installed in the church in 1953 – 88 years after the fall of the Confederacy.
The cathedral started first considering the removal of the windows in 2016, when the Church established a task force to investigate the matter. Following the deadly right-wing protests in Charlottesville (Virginia) prompted by possible removal of a Lee statue, the windows were removed one year later.
After their removal, the windows were lent to Smithsonian.