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Washington National Cathedral Dedicated New Stained-Glass Windows by Kerry James Marshall That Speak to a Just Society

“Now and Forever,” a new social justice-themed stained-glass window installation by Kerry James Marshall was unveiled at the Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 23. | Courtesy Washington National Cathedral   An original poem by Elizabeth Alexander will be enshrined in stone at the base of the stained-glass windows designed by Kerry James Marshall   NEW STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS with contemporary images that speak to fairness and a just society were recently unveiled at Washington National Cathedral. Renowned artist Kerry James Marshall designed the installation, which was commissioned by the church to replace windows that featured the Confederate flag and paid homage to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The Cathedral hosted a public dedication to celebrate the new window installation and a mark a new chapter in the church’s history as a “house of prayer for all people.” It was an august occasion. A series of notable speakers delivered remarks, including Marshall, poet Elizabeth Alexander, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Cathedral leadership. There was music and song throughout the program and a blessing of the windows. “Even the God of the Cathedral didn’t have a permanent remedy against the evils that […]

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