Upon the recent death of Nelson Mandela, objections have now arisen to two of the stained glass windows — two separate windows depicting General Stonewall Jackson and General Robert E. Lee, both of them officers in the Confederate Army:
According to this recent article in the Washington Post:
Jackson is described as walking “humbly before his Creator, whose word was his guide.” Lee is described as a “servant of God, leader of men, general-in-chief of the armies of the Confederate States whose compelling sense of duty, serene faith and unfailing courtesy mark him for all ages as a Christian soldier without fear and without reproach.”Objections are not limited to the two stained class windows mentioned above. The article also mentions that the cathedral also holds the remains of one of the country’s most racist presidents — Woodrow Wilson.
Above each inscription are stained-glass windows depicting events from the mens’ lives. They even feature the Confederate flag.
Absent from the hagiography is any suggestion that the cause Lee and Jackson fought for was in any way controversial, or that the presence of the niches is inappropriate for a cathedral, especially a cathedral in the capital of the union the generals tried to destroy.
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