Together with artists Kerry James Marshall and Elizabeth Alexander, this Cathedral aims to tell an expanded story about who and what we value through brilliant stained glass windows and elegant carved stone.

Each window and carving at Washington National Cathedral tells two overlapping stories: our walk with God and our journey together as Americans. Whether marching together to build God’s kingdom or tripping over our own pride, we know that God walks alongside us and continually calls us forward.

The Cathedral’s Light in the Darkness windows replacement project will capture the resilience, faith and endurance of African Americans and our nation’s struggle with the original sins of racism and slavery. We hope these new installations tell a more inclusive story, and reflect the dignity of each beloved child of God.

We invite you to walk in the light with us as we rejoice in the confident belief that God can make all things new.

telling our stories

New Self-Guided Tour

Many different stories are told through the art and iconography of Washington National Cathedral. Like many institutions, the Cathedral has been taking a closer look at what stories we tell, as well as the stories we have not told, in the artwork throughout the building.

Explore some of the stories and histories related to Light in the Darkness through this self-guided touring handout.

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In the Media


from The New York Times

“National Cathedral Chooses Artist to Replace Windows Honoring Confederates”

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from NPR

“National Cathedral Will Replace Confederate Stained Glass With Racial Justice Imagery”

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from The Washington Post

“Washington National Cathedral to replace Confederate-themed stained glass with new windows by celebrated artist Kerry James Marshall”

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from the Associated Press

“Famed cathedral names artist to replace Confederate windows”

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from Smithsonian Magazine

National Cathedral to Replace Confederate-Themed Stained Glass With Art Dedicated to Racial Justice

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from Washingtonian

Renowned Artist Kerry James Marshall Will Design the Replacements for the National Cathedral’s Confederate Windows

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From the Cathedral


Watch the Project Announcement

Watch the official project announcement and press conference from Washington National Cathedral.

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Cathedral Age cover story

Meet acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall as he begins work on the new stained glass windows.

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Official Project Press Release

Read the official Cathedral press release introducing the project and the artists.

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stay connected and get involved

Light in the Darkness isn’t just about replacing windows – it’s a social justice project where we hope to reconcile, learn, and grow alongside all of you. As this project evolves we will offer a number of events and other opportunities to get involved. Sign up below to be notified, and check this space and our social media for the latest.

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