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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Natalie Longwell, West End Strategy Team, (202) 776-7700, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Cathedral to Host Public Forum on Legacy and Future of Lee-Jackson Windows
Discussion Part of an Ongoing Series on Racial Reconciliation and Justice
WASHINGTON, D.C – Washington National Cathedral will host “Monuments Speak: The Lee-Jackson Windows,” a panel discussion about the legacy of two stained glass windows within the Cathedral memorializing Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The panel is one of a series of public forums and events being convened by the Cathedral on the issues of racism, slavery and racial reconciliation. Speakers will reflect on the historical and current context of these windows and respond to the Cathedral’s decision to remove the image of the Confederate battle flag while retaining the full windows for an interim period. The discussion among panelists and questions from attendees will provide a rich opportunity to explore how monuments, including the Lee-Jackson windows, speak to past and present audiences.
“We are at a pivotal time in our nation’s history, a decisive moment that potentially has a far-reaching impact. And so, we must live into it by refusing to be content until God’s justice is made real,” said the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral.
“Monuments Speak” is free and open to the public. The Lee-Jackson windows conversation is an ongoing discussion. For news and updates regarding the Lee-Jackson windows, please visit the National Cathedral Lee-Jackson Windows Task Force.
WHAT: “Monuments Speak: The Lee-Jackson Windows”
WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Ray Suarez, Moderator, Host of Al Jazeera America’s “Inside Story”
Dr. Rex Ellis, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture
John Coski, Historian, Museum of the Confederacy
Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian, Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people called to serve as a spiritual home for the nation. It seeks to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world. Learn more at www.cathedral.org.