Timeline, 1931–2021


Discussions begin about ways to honor Robert E. Lee at the Cathedral


The United Daughters of the Confederacy is engaged to help memorialize Lee at the Cathedral in the nave (main level) of the Cathedral, and suggest Stonewall Jackson as the second figure to be represented in the memorial


The United Daughters of the Confederacy decline to participate in the Lee memorial, citing concerns about cost and who would be portrayed alongside Robert E. Lee


The United Daughters of the Confederacy agrees to help raise funds for the Lee memorial


James Sheldon, a Cathedral donor, agrees to pay half of the cost of the Lee memorial as a “damn Yankee” to help reunite North and South

Contract signed for the creation of the Lee and Jackson windows at a cost of $4,600


Lee and Jackson windows are installed and dedicated


After the massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., then-Dean Gary Hall calls for the windows to be removed

A committee is formed to study the issue and make recommendations (download Task Force Report)


The Cathedral Chapter accepts the findings of the committee report but goes further and orders the removal of the Confederate battle flag from both windows


Following the deadly white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., the Cathedral Chapter orders the windows deconsecrated and removed


The Robert E. Lee window is displayed at an exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Artists Kerry James Marshall and Elizabeth Alexander agree to design replacement windows and carved inscriptions for the former Lee-Jackson bay