Religion & History: America’s Struggle with Racialized Symbolism
Join experts and community activists for an afternoon for learning, listening and conversing. This afternoon symposium will feature three presentations, each approximately 1 hour, about understanding racialized symbolism in public and sacred spaces, religion and freedom. An accompaniment to the evening panel discussion, When Monuments Attack: America’s Struggle with Racialized Symbolism, this program will be an opportunity for smaller group conversation and learning. Resources from each presentation will be available online. Please email [email protected] to register for this program.
- Dr. Sabrina Dent – President, Center for Faith, Justice, and Reconciliation
- Dustin Klein & Alex Criqui, Reclaiming the Monument
- Stephanie Merlo, Reclaiming the Monument
About the Cathedral’s Light in the Darkness Windows Replacement Project
In 2015 then-dean Gary Hall called for the removal of two stained-glass windows in the Cathedral – those to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. What followed was a multi-year process to examine, remove and reimagine these windows. In September 2021, the Cathedral announced that acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall and poet Elizabeth Alexander had agreed to create new windows and poetry, respectively, for the bay that previously held these two windows. Over the next two years as we await installation of the new windows, the Cathedral is embarking on public programming and education opportunities around the Light in the Darkness Windows Replacement Project. Learn more about the project and activities at cathedral.org/windows.
Watch the presenters here or on our YouTube channel.