DC -- Washington Natl Cathedral -- Event: Racial Justice Windows Dedication service:
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Description of Pictures: We are excited to invite you to the unveiling and dedication of the Now and Forever windows by world-renowned artist and MacArthur Award winner Kerry James Marshall. In-person and online, the dedication will feature remarks from the artist on the new windows and a special reading by acclaimed poet Elizabeth Alexander of "American Song," the accompanying verse that will be carved into stone tablets and placed underneath the new windows.
Following the dedication, join us for an open house celebration with live music, DC food truck favorites and festivities, including a screening of the Now and Forever Windows documentary, a special talk about African American highlights at the Cathedral, and family activities.
Folks shown here include: Randolph Hollerith, Chase Rynd, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kerry James Marshall, Elizabeth Alexander, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and Sydney Kamlager-Dove.
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NCRJ1_230923_153.JPG: My house shall be called the house of prayer for all people
NCRJ1_230923_167.JPG: Chase Rynd, Eric L. Motley
Sydney Kamlager-Dove (with Skip Gates) reacts behind them
NCRJ1_230923_170.JPG: Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
NCRJ1_230923_174.JPG: Elizabeth Alexander, Kerry James Marshall
NCRJ1_230923_191.JPG: Randolph Hollerith
NCRJ1_230923_226.JPG: Mariann Edgar Budde
NCRJ1_230923_233.JPG: Mariann Edgar Budde, Randolph Marshall Hollerith
NCRJ1_230923_261.JPG: I kept noticing this affectionate couple
NCRJ1_230923_336.JPG: Elizabeth Alexander
NCRJ1_230923_356.JPG: Sydney Kamlager-Dove
NCRJ1_230923_399.JPG: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
NCRJ1_230923_451.JPG: Ketanji Brown Jackson (who was way too short to get a decent photo!)
NCRJ1_230923_552.JPG: Kerry James Marshall
NCRJ2_230923_076.JPG: Elizabeth Alexander reads her poem
NCRJ2_230923_432.JPG: The new Now and Forever windows were dedicated at the National Cathedral on September 23, 2023. The windows, designed by Kerry James Marshall which will be accompanied by a poem by Elizabeth Alexander, replaced the Confederate windows for Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson which were removed in 2017. Removing the windows was taken after the mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC in 2015 caused the cathedral to rethink what message they were trying to show. Promoting the Confederate states which committed treason to preserve slavery apparently didn't fit the current mission. Who'd have guessed?
NCRJ2_230923_500.JPG: The guy on the right was my seat mate during the ceremony
NCRJ2_230923_559.JPG: Chase Rynd
NCRJ2_230923_592.JPG: Kerry James Marshall's family
NCRJ2_230923_598.JPG: The Dedication And Blessing Of The
Now And Forever Windows
By Kerry James Marshall
With The Original Poem American Song By Elizabeth Alexander
Saturday, September 23, 2023 11 AM
Washington National Cathedral
NCRJ2_230923_599.JPG: In 1953, Washington National Cathedral dedicated two stained glass windows memorializing Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863). The windows contained scenes from the lives of both men along with images of the Confederate battle flag. Memorial tablets with inscriptions lauding these men were embedded in the walls beneath. The windows were donated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy as part of a larger campaign to memorialize and honor Confederate leaders and soldiers. The installation remained largely unchanged for 60 years.
In 2015, nine Black worshippers at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were murdered by a young white man who envisioned launching a race war. When images of the shooter emerged online with the Confederate battle flag and hate-filled messages towards Black Americans, then-Cathedral Dean Gary Hall called for the removal of the windows, which featured that same flag. What followed Dean Hall's announcement was a multi-year process that pushed the Cathedral to consider the stories told and untold within this building and its sacred iconography.
Concluding that the windows told an incomplete and misleading account of history, the Cathedral committed to finding ways to offer a richer, more balanced expression of our nation's story. The Confederate battle flags had been removed in 2016. The windows themselves were removed and deconsecrated in 2017 after a years-long process of discussion and discernment within and outside the Cathedral community.
In 2021, the Cathedral announced that acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall had agreed to create new racial justice themed stained glass windows and celebrated poet and author Dr. Elizabeth Alexander would compose a new poem to be inscribed in stone tablets alongside Marshall's windows. As artists adept at capturing the lived experience of Black Americans, Marshall and Alexander now add a new and important chapter to the Cathedral's history. Our prayer is that these new installations reflect the Cathedral's aspirations to be a sacred gathering place where all Americans can see themselves reflected in its expanding art and iconography.
Today, at the dedication of the newly installed Now and Forever Windows, with original poem "American Song," this Cathedral aims to tell a fuller, more inclusive narrative. We hope to widen the circle to include missing faces and voices. In this House of Prayer for All People, we want to tell the stories of all people.
NCRJ2_230923_603.JPG: They did not mention that Supreme Court justice Ketanji Brown Jackson would be reading the MLK section. The Secret Service people had her name yanked from the printed program for security reasons.
NCRJ2_230923_610.JPG: THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT PETER & SAINT PAUL
The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington
The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean
The Reverend Canon Jan Naylor Cope, Provost
The Reverend Canon Dana Colley Corsello, Canon Vicar
The Reverend Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian
The Reverend Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan, Canon for Worship
The Reverend Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Canon Missioner and Minister of Equity and Inclusion
The Reverend Canon John L. Peterson, Canon for Reconciliation and Global Justice
The Reverend Canon Samuel Van Culin, Canon for Anglican Communion Ministry
The Reverend Patrick L. Keyser. Associate Priest for Worship
CHAPLAIN TO THE BISHOP
The Venerable Steve Seely
Archdeacon, Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Kerry James Marshall
Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, President, Mellon Foundation
Dr. Eric L. Motley
Co-Chairs, Windows Replacement Committee
The Honorable Sydney Kamlager-Dove, United States Representative from California
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., University Professsor [sic] & Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research Harvard University
The Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Contemporary Ensemble
Canon Michael McCarthy, Canon for Music and Director of Institutional Planning
Thomas M. Sheehan, Organist and Associate Director of Music
Michele Fowlin, Associate Director for Contemporary Music
Rebecca Ehren, Organ Scholar
NCRJ2_230923_611.JPG: WINDOWS REPLACEMENT COMMITTEE
Dr. Eric L. Motley Co-Chair, Deputy Director, The National Gallery of Art
Chase Rynd Co-Chair, Retired Director, The National Building Museum
The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith Dean, Washington National Cathedral
Blake Coleman, National Cathedral School, Class of 2021
The Reverend Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian, Washington National Cathedral
To The Reverend Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan Canon for Worship, Washington National Cathedral
The Reverend Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Canon Missioner and Minister of Equity and Inclusion, Washington National Cathedral
Gwendolyn King President, Podium Prose
Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art University of Pennsylvania
The Reverend Dr. James P. Wind Former President, The Alban Institute
NCRJ2_230923_617.JPG: The Cathedral's Now and Forever Windows capture the resilience, faith and endurance of African Americans and our nation's struggle with the original sins of racism and slavery.
The new windows and poetry grew out of a decision in 2017 to permanently remove windows that honored Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Through this new addition to the Cathedral, we hope to tell a broader, more inclusive story of American history. In this House of Prayer for All People, we want to tell the stories of all people.
Learn more and share your reactions at cathedral.org/windows
About the windows:
The Now and Forever Windows were designed by world-renowned visual artist Kerry James Marshall. Marshall worked with second-generation Cathedral artisan Andrew Goldkuhle to fabricate the windows. This is one of only three permanent public installations by Marshall in the United States.
About the poem:
Original poem "American Song" was composed by acclaimed poet and author Elizabeth Alexander to accompany the new windows. The poem will be carved, by hand, into stone tablets that will be installed under the windows in 2024.
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