National Cathedral to Remove Confederate Flags From Stained Glass Windows

What to Know

  • The National Cathedral will replace the images of Confederate flags with plain glass. The Cathedral still determining the project's cost.
  • Officials say they are removing the Confederate flag because it is an image of hatred and racial supremacy.

Washington's National Cathedral says it will remove images of the Confederate battle flag from its stained glass windows because, officials say, they are images of hatred and racial supremacy.

The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde is the Episcopal bishop of Washington and interim dean at the cathedral. She said in a prepared statement on Wednesday that a task force examined the origins of the windows and the impact of racist symbols.

After receiving the task force's report, cathedral officials decided the flags will be replaced by plain glass on two 8-foot-by-4-foot windows. The cathedral is working to determine the cost and establish a timeline.

The windows were installed in 1953 and honor Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.

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